Two friends to share $15 million Echo Park Lotto ticket jackpot

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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.

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  1. Awesome! Congratulations to the lucky winners!

  2. i can stop looking around my place now trying to convince myself I bought a ticket last week.

  3. Sounds like a cool dude.

  4. Officially my favorite story on The Eastsider ever. So nice to read between reports of shootings and real estate controversies, and the nasty (if educational) comment threads they can inspire. Not saying I want the blog to be all puppies and rainbows, or have forced human interest stories worse than Hollywood cheese, but this just makes me feel good about life for a minute. Very happy for all involved.

  5. Translation of your comment: you are an ignorant angry moron.

  6. Seeing it as it is.

    Wonderful but ironic he’s thinking of spending the winnings outside of the US!

    • True. I suggest he gives it a long and careful study. He’s already set for life and should enjoy every minute of it from now on. Moving back to the Philippines (where I also came from) poses more risks than opportunities, especially at his new stature. Just a suggestion.

  7. Rad. Luck is a virtue!

  8. I remember hearing a story about how opening a restaurant is the most common way that lottery winners end up losing all of their money. Glad he won, though!

  9. That is funny that he is taking the money and leaving the US. Haha!

  10. That’s so awesome! Congrats!

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