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July 18, 2013

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July, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Eerie Sight as Player Discovers $500,000 Scratchers® Win


SACRAMENTO – “He was like gasping for air!” Carmen Nino explains why she won’t ever forget the day her husband won a half million dollars on a California Lottery ticket. Sure, that’s a boatload of money, but the real story is how this man looked when he shared the super-exciting news.

The winners tell us they were grocery shopping at a store in Orange at the time. Carmen was busy pushing a cart up and down the aisles, while Baltazar Nino made a beeline for the Lottery ticket section. He bought two $500,000 Riches Scratchers tickets. The second one revealed a win so big it took his breath away. “I was speechless,” said Baltazar. The surprised look on his face intensified beyond belief after he ran up to a store manager to have his ticket verified.

Now knowing his win was legit, he raced down the aisles to tell his wife. As he approached her, Carmen said she couldn’t believe her eyes and sudden fear gripped her body that something terrible had happened. “I asked him, ‘are you having a heart attack?’ He was gasping for oxygen!”

That tense moment quickly turned into one of sheer joy as the couple now celebrates their win -- another sight to behold.

The lucky ticket was purchased at the Ralphs Grocery located at 1435 West Chapman Avenue in Orange (Orange County).

$500,000 Riches is one of the Lottery’s newest $5 Scratchers tickets, with a top prize of…you guessed it…$500,000.  Just match any of your numbers to any of the five winning numbers and win that prize. Uncover a money bag symbol to automatically win 10 times that prize. Uncover a gold bar symbol and win all 18 prizes automatically!

The winning doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, $500,000 Riches game comes with second chances to win the top prizes. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning $500,000 Riches Scratchers ticket code for a chance to win.

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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