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Random Deli Customer Wins $447.8 Million In Lottery, Then The Family That Owns The Store Win Too

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

When I hear that someone has won the lottery, I immediately think of what they’re going to do with all the money. What I never realized is that the store that sold them the lottery ticket gets some money as well.

At least one customer bought a winning lottery ticket from Marietta Liquor & Deli, in Menifee, California. That ticket is worth a whopping $447.8 million!

But it’s not just the customer who wins big  — the Alberre family, who have owned Marietta Liquor & Deli for 27 years, received a $1 million retailer bonus check as well.

While $1 million is only a small portion of the giant jackpot, the Alberre family couldn’t be more thankful. The father and owner of the store has pulmonary fibrosis, and started the year off in the hospital. Some of the earnings will go toward his medical bills.

Matthew Alberre, his son, is overwhelmed. He says this year started off as “probably the worst year of my life,” with his dad in the hospital. “Six months later,” though, “it’s the best year of my life… it’s just a game-changer.”

Menifee mayor Neil Winter believes the money couldn’t have gone anywhere better than to the Alberre family.

The winner of the $447.8 million ticket has not yet come forward, but I’m sure he’s thankful for the Alberre family, as well.

Check out the video below to hear from the mayor and members of the Alberre family, and please SHARE on Facebook!

Footage provided by KTLA

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