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For the past three years or so, Victor Caube of Echo Park has purchased lottery tickets in partnership with a friend and fellow church goer. The arrangement had not yielded much in the way of winnings – until this week. On Monday night, Caube, a 48-year-old sushi chef who works in Long Beach, was returning home when he stopped off at the House of Spirits to buy another ticket and check on a Super Lotto ticket he had purchased the previous week at the Echo Park Avenue liquor store. That’s when he found out the ticket had been drawn on Saturday as the winner of a $15 million jackpot.
“I still do not believe it,” said Caube, a Filipino immigrant who has lived in Echo Park with his wife for more than a decade. “I cried. I screamed. I was in shock.” Caube quickly called his friend: “He didn’t believe it.”
Well, now they all believe it after confirming the winning numbers with the California Lottery.
Caube’s friend declined to be identified, according to lottery officials. Caube said he has no immediate plans but is thinking of using his winnings to open his own sushi restaurant back in the Philippines.
- Echo Park sushi chef is one of two SuperLotto winners. Patch