San Jose College Student Claims $2.3 Million Powerball Prize

22-year old San Jose City College student will use winnings to pay for school.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, May 24, 2013  |  Updated 4:50 PM PDT
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Michael Garcia, 22, of San Jose is a Powerball winner but has no big plans as of yet for his winnings.

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A humble and down-to-earth "family man" in San Jose -- who is also a hardworking 22-year old college student -- has won $2.3 million in Powerball.

And it hasn't changed him yet, according to reports.

Michael Garcia grew up "basically poor" in San Jose with a single mother, according to the San Jose Mercury News. But now he can afford to get his bachelor's degree, visit his father in Texas and buy his mother a car.

He has no other immediate plans for the roughly $1.7 million -- after taxes -- that a ticket purchased on a whim has brought his way.

Garcia stopped into a 7-11 store to buy energy drinks to fuel him for the graveyard shift he was about to work in between cramming for four finals.

"A  guy in front of me bought tickets [for the lottery], so I decided to get some, too," Garcia told the newspaper.

Later, he found that he'd bought a ticket that matched all five numbers, but missed the Powerball number. He told his mother, with whom he lives.

And he doesn't plan to move out anytime soon. He plans to buy his mother a car and pay for his college. But other than that, it's back to work -- literally.

Garcia is still on the graveyard shift.

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