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July 15, 2013

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July, 2013 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Bay Area Man Hits it Big After Party Snub


New 20x Crossword Scratchers® has a $750,000 Top Prize

SACRAMENTO – Usually it’s a bummer not getting invited to a party, but in the case of Ray Cruz, it was the best thing that ever happened to him. Cruz needed to kill some time after dropping his wife off at the aforementioned party, so he decided to stop at a nearby market to grab some Lottery tickets. One of those tickets was a $10 20x Crossword Scratchers game, which ended up being worth a whopping $750,000!

Cruz said he was so excited after scratching off the winning ticket that he gave the clerk a big hug. We asked Cruz what he planned on doing with his winnings, and he said he would like to just pay off his house first and think about the rest later. 

Cruz purchased the ticket at Jim’s Liquor, which is located at 2680 Quimby Road in San Jose (Santa Clara County). 

20x Crossword is the California Lottery’s first-ever $10 crossword Scratchers game. The game is the part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for education. 20x Crossword features a $750,000 top prize and a $75 Fast Spot.

The winning doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the 20x Crossword game comes with second chances to win the top prizes. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning 20x Crossword Scratchers ticket codes for a chance to win. For more information on the game and a simulation on how to play, 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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