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February 25, 2013

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February, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Woman Owes a Debt of Gratitude after Winning $1 Million!


Amelia Llanos 400

SACRAMENTO – Amelia Llanos has finally done it. She broke down and cried over the amazing thing that happened to her. She won $1 million on a $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers® ticket.

Llanos says she will never forget how it happened. “I talked to God that day,” said Llanos, describing a prayer she said while driving in to work. “I told God, ‘Please, I love my job. I’m never gonna stop working, but help me get out of the little debts I have now and pay my bills.’” She would buy her ticket a few hours later while on her lunch break. The ticket that would turn her into a millionaire! “We can buy a house,” Llanos said. “I’m gonna pay cash. I don’t want any more bills.”

Llanos said she knew she had won moments after she bought her ticket at the Albertsons located at 30241 Golden Lantern in Laguna Niguel (Orange County).  That’s because she scratched her ticket in the parking lot and ran back into the store to have it verified. She couldn’t fully enjoy the moment until she finally made it to the California Lottery’s Santa Ana District office to claim it. “Right now I can cry. I didn’t cry the day I got the ticket. I feel relief,” said Llanos while sobbing.

Yes, she has definitely experienced a life-changing moment. “It was like a miracle for me,” Llanos said. “He helped me to take out my debts.” And a deal is a deal. Llanos said she plans to keep working, loving her job even more.

The retailer will get a bonus for selling the winning ticket – $5,000 to be exact!

The $250 Million Cash Spectacular 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 ticket features a unique holographic design and, in total, offers more than a quarter of a billion dollars in prizes. To play, simply match any of “Your Numbers” to any of the six “Winning Numbers” and win that prize. Uncover a “star” symbol and win $100 instantly. Uncover a “WIN” symbol and win all 20 prizes automatically! Overall game odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.50. Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1.2 million.

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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