By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer
Art Duron turned $3 into $33,000 merely by scratching.
The Clovis resident recently won the top prize on a New Mexico Lottery Crossword Scratcher game. Although the $33,000 is the largest prize Duron has ever received, he said he is no stranger to winning. In 2004, he won $1,000 and $2,000 prizes on scratch tickets. “I’ve also won $500 about 10 times,” he said.
Duron attributes his luck to positive thinking. “I win because I expect to win,” he said.
Duron said he traveled to Albuquerque to claim his winnings with his 8-year-old daughter, who he playfully refers to as his bodyguard.
The lottery winner gave a portion of the money to his three daughters for a back-to-school shopping trip. His granddaughter also received a monetary gift to spend as she pleases.
The remaining funds will be put in the bank and used for a two-week California vacation, he said. According to the California native, his mother and 10 siblings still live on the West Coast and he visits them annually.
Duron also tithes at his Catholic church and never turns down someone in need.
“I was homeless before,” Duron said, “so, I’m always willing to help out.”
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