Roberto Dos Santos. Photo: California Lottery
Roberto Dos Santos. Photo: California Lottery

Berkeley native Roberto Dos Santos won $5 million on a California Lottery ticket last Friday, just months after a $1,000 win on a prior ticket, lotto officials announced Tuesday.

Dos Santos bought his recent winning “Scratchers” ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1501 University Ave., at Sacramento Street.

“I screamed!” said Dos Santos, in a prepared statement, of the moment he realized he won.

Since then, despite “a couple sleepless nights to think about it, he still has no idea what he wants to do with his winnings.” But he tells lotto officials that he won’t stop playing.

That instinct served him well a couple months back, when he won $1,000 on a $20 “Million $$ Match” Scratchers ticket, but didn’t let that dampen his enthusiasm for the game.

Lotto officials said the store owner will receive a $25,000 bonus just for selling the winning ticket.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...