A Vietnamese refugee who left his home country as a penniless man in 1979 has won a $3.25 million dollar jackpot from the Lucky For Life scratch-off game of the California Lottery.
Phan Duc, a mechanic from San Jose had bought the $5 ticket from the Super Liquor and Food store on Sierra Road. He then went outside and realized he had a winning ticket when he read the word “life”. The jackpot win entitles him to $2500 dollars per week for the next 25 years.
He was so happy that when he went back to work, he told a co-worker. He later had to stop his co-worker from spreading the news around.
The modest man, still has modest dreams. He wants to buy a car with air conditioning, buy a house, and see his through children college. He also wants to visit his home country. For Phan Duc at least, this would be the fulfillment of the American Dream.