SoCal Powerball Winner Bought $669K Winning Ticket by Skin of Her Teeth

SoCal Powerball Winner Bought $669K Winning Ticket by Skin of Her Teeth

A lottery winner just minutes away from losing out on a chance to score a big Powerball payout managed to make it with minutes to spare when she first bought her ticket at a Southern California 7-Eleven.

"I got to that 7-Eleven like literally minutes before the cut-off time!" Faten Alzer said in a press release Tuesday. "I’ll never forget it."

It was back in February when Alzer decided to try her hand at $269 million Powerball pot at her local Marina del Rey 7-Eleven at 4010 Lincoln Blvd.

She only had about 15 minutes until the 7 p.m. cut-off time to purchase the lucky ticket.

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Though she did not end up winning the jackpot, Alzer's dedication to beat the clock definitely paid off — with a grand total of $669,941 in winnings before taxes.

Alzer matched five of the six numbers, 24-25-38-62-63, missing the red Powerball number, 6.

"I froze, honestly, for a couple of minutes and then double-checked – no, triple-checked the ticket again and then called my boyfriend," Alzer said. "Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. And sometimes you win $669,000. I was in the right place at the right time!"

Now that she's more than $600,000 richer, Alzer initially thought of investing, but ultimately landed on traveling. First location on the list: Las Vegas.

"Hey, luck is on my side," Alzer said.

Want to try your luck? Powerball is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST and is played in 44 states. You can find the list of the California Lottery's lucky retailers here.

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(Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)