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March 20, 2013

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March, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Late Night Stop at Donut Shop Pays Off for Lucky Lottery Player

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SACRAMENTO – About a week ago, Earl Thompson made a late night stop at a donut shop and decided to grab just a single $5 California Lucky For Life Scratchers® ticket. That ticket almost sent Thompson running for the hills after scratching it off. The ticket turned out to be a top prize winner of $2500 a week for 25 years, or in Thompson’s case, $1.9 million for choosing the lump sum. Thompson said that as soon as he saw the word “LIFE” on the ticket, he wanted to run. We asked Thompson why he wanted to run and where did he want to go? Thompson responded, “I had no idea, I just wanted to run.” Thompson will soon be running to the bank to cash his check.  

Thompson told us that he plans to distribute most of the money amongst his grandkids, specifically for their education. But he did mention that he plans on buying himself a classic car that he’s always wanted. 

Thompson isn’t the only winner. The retailer that sold him the winning ticket will receive a bonus of $16,250. The ticket was purchased at Glady’s Donuts, which is located at 17230 Downey Avenue in Bellflower.

The California Lucky for Life Scratchers family is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for education. Games are available at the $1, $2, $5, and $10 price points. Each price point offers a similar play style. If you match any of your numbers to any of the winning numbers you uncover when you scratch the ticket, then you win that prize. If you uncover a money bag symbol, you automatically win the prize associated with it. And, if you uncover a LIFE symbol, you win the top prize for that game – a prize paid out weekly over the course of 25 years, or available as a lump sum amount. As you move up in price from $1 to $10, you have more chances to win and the potential prizes just keep getting higher.
 
Starting with the $1 game, players can win prizes ranging from a free ticket all the way up to $500 a week for 25 years. Four lucky players will win the top prize, which is also available as a $375,000 lump sum payment. The $2 ticket offers players the chance to win prizes ranging from a free ticket all the way up to $1,000 a week for 25 years. Four lucky players will win the top prize, which is also available as a $750,000 lump sum payment. The $5 ticket offers players the chance to win prizes ranging from a free ticket all the way up to $2,500 a week for 25 years. A whopping 10 lucky players will win the top prize, which is also available as a $1.9 million lump sum payment. And finally, the $10 ticket offers players the chance to win prizes ranging from a free ticket all the way up to the grandest prize of all – $5,000 a week for 25 years. Ten lucky players will win the top prize, which is also available as a lump sum payment of $3,750,000 – the largest instant prize the Lottery has ever offered.
 
The winning doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the California Lucky for Life games come with second chances to win the top prizes, as well as a bonus draw. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning California Lucky for Life Scratchers ticket code for a chance to win. Five weekly winners will get $1,000, and one final grand-prize winner will get $10,000. For more information on the bonus draws, please click here.


The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 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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