In one week, two lottery tickets sold in Alameda County came up winners, including one that netted an octogenarian $2 million.
Leona Starman, who was described as "outgoing, gregarious and funny" in a California Lottery news release, won the top prize in the "Set for Life Scratchers" game, after buying the ticket at the Quik Stop at 505 A St. in Hayward. She said she doesn't visit the Quik Stop often, but she popped in to buy milk and decided to buy two Scratcher tickets because she plays the lottery every chance she gets.
A retired Alameda Naval Air Station sheet metal worker, Starman said she worked on airplanes and their parts.
"But," she quipped, "I didn't change tires."
Starman told officials she saw the word "LIFE" on her ticket when she scratched it.
"I didn't know what that meant," she said. "But I thought it might be good, so I signed it right away."
With her winnings, Starman said she might buy a new roof for her house, put in a new lawn and get her car painted, but she doesn't want a new one. When officials asked if she planned to take a vacation, Starman ruled out one involving air travel.
"I don't fly," she said. "I used to work on planes, and that's why I don't fly."
Earlier in the week, Robert Czerwinski bought a Mega Millions ticket at the Bonfare Market at 3601 Thornton Ave. in Fremont and matched five of six numbers to win $240,718, which he claimed Friday. He matched the numbers 36, 23, 3,
More information about the California Lottery and recent winners is available by visiting www.calottery.com.