86-year-old man buys $696K winning lottery ticket in San Jose

SAN JOSE (KRON) — An 86-year-old man won $696,000 after buying a lottery ticket from a CVS Pharmacy in San Jose, California Lottery officials said.

Daniel Mendez brought the winning ticket from the CVS Pharmacy at 1685 Tully Road.

Mendez told California Lottery officials that he buys $4 of lottery tickets every few days after watering the flowers at his church.

“I don’t ask the Virgin to pay me [lottery] money. I ask that she pays me with taking care of my grandkids,” Mendez said in a statement.

“That’s more valuable than money to me – but I really do need a new roof on my house!” Mendez said.

Mendez opted for the lump sum $696,000 award over the alternative, a monthly $4,000 payment for 25 years, totaling $1.2 million.

Mendez has been living in the same house with his wife since 1963, he told California Lottery officials.

“I could be responsible for the drought,” Mendez said in a statement.

“I’ve needed a roof for a few years now, and sometimes [when the weather is threatening] I say ‘don’t rain today!'” Mendez said.

Mendez told California Lottery officials that he plans to spend some of his prize money on some more landscaping for his church.

California Lottery will pay the CVS Pharmacy a $6,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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