When Sheridan Hope called his daughter to tell her he had just won more than $300,000 playing Daily Derby, his daughter thought he was merely horsing around.
Little did she know that Hope, a Vietnam vet and former drill sergeant, had luck on his side.
Hope correctly picked three horses to come in first, second and third – Whirl Win, Lucky Star, and Gold Rush, according to a California Lottery press release issued Feb. 8.
In addition to picking the winning horses, Hope correctly chose the final race time of 1:42.14.
The Carson resident plans on using the $320,315 in winnings to pay off his house and debt, California Lottery spokesperson Elias Dominguez said.
Hope told California Lottery officials that he will save the rest for his retirement.
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