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March 12, 2014

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March, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Work Break Leads to $5 Million Win in Ontario


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SACRAMENTO – It started off like any other work day for Eric Williams – that is, until he took his break. During that brief time away from work Williams said he had a feeling; a lucky feeling. He decided to test that luck with a $5 Million Jackpot Scratchers® ticket and ended up winning the top prize!

“My reaction wasn’t the reaction that everyone would think,” the 36-year-old said about the moment he realized he was a winner. “I wasn’t sure. I had to make sure my numbers were correct.” Even after double checking, Williams said it just wasn’t hitting him. “I was in shock.”

Fast-forward a couple of days and the win slowly started to sink in. Williams says he’s still in shock, but has started to make a plan for his winnings. “The first (thing) on the list will definitely be a home,” he said, adding that this will be his first home purchase. But it’s not just about him. “I want to take care of loved ones, invest and just try to give back to the community anyway I can.”

Williams said overall his winnings will allow him to “enjoy life to the fullest.”

The winning ticket was purchased at PFG Ontario, Inc. (Chevron), which is located on 791 Milliken Avenue in Ontario. The retailer will receive a sweet bonus of $25,000 just for selling the winning ticket.

The $5 Million Jackpot game offers the best overall Scratchers odds to win prizes – players have the opportunity to walk away with the largest lump sum cash prize any of our wide variety of Scratchers has ever paid out ($5 million!). No annual payments! The game is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public schools.

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The winning doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the $5 Million Jackpot game comes with a second chance to win the top prize. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning $5 Million Jackpot Scratchers ticket codes for another chance to win.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 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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