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January 9, 2013

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January, 2013 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Another Lottery Player “Strikes It Rich” and Wins $250,000!


Jane Pittman 440

SACRAMENTO – Jane Pittman said she never thought she would win this big. She had been buying about eight $5 Scratchers® tickets every other week and felt like she’d been lucky, but nothing prepared her for the sixth ticket she scratched on January 4.

It was on that ticket that Pittman said she saw she was a $250,000 top prize winner, thanks to the Lottery’s Strike It Rich! Scratchers game. Pittman walked into the Lottery’s East Bay District Office yesterday to claim her winnings.

Pittman told us she walked into her favorite retail location looking for Black Pearl Scratchers. Finding none, her attention was grabbed by the Strike It Rich! game. She purchased eight and then went home to scratch them off. Pittman told us it was number six that was the winner. “I didn’t believe what I was seeing,” she explained. “I had to call one of my grandkids in to help. My oldest said ‘grandma, that’s a lot of money.’” Before Pittman could truly believe she was a winner though, she had to run next door to get her neighbor and let him borrow her glasses so he too could confirm her big win.

Pittman has 13 grandchildren and takes care of many of them. So when asked how she planned to use her money, her answer was easy. “From now on, when I go to Safeway to do my shopping, I’m going to fill up two carts instead of one.” She also mentioned a trip to Disneyland with the kids.

Pittman purchased her lucky ticket at Seesan Enterprises, which is located at 2445 Castro Valley Boulevard in Castro Valley (Alameda County).

The California Lottery’s Strike It Rich! Scratchers ticket is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for education. The oversized gold and red ticket offers overall odds of winning of 1 in 4.73. Players can win a top prize of $250,000! This ticket offers 18 chances to win, and two win all features. Prizes start at $10 and go up to $250,000. Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1.2 million.

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 2, or via our website at

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

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