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October 4, 2013

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October, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Donut Run Changes Lottery Player’s Life


SACRAMENTO – It was just another day at work for Christian Jensen as he took a quick trip over to a local donut shop during his lunch break. After eating his donut, Jensen had some time to kill, so he decided to grab a $5 California Lucky for Life Scratchers® ticket. That’s when Jensen realized it wasn’t just another day. Jensen’s ticket contained the word “LIFE”, which meant he was now a millionaire. 

Jensen told us that he knew what the word “LIFE” meant right away, but he wasn’t exactly sure how much he had won. He now knows just how lucky his donut run was. Jensen has the option of taking weekly payments of $2,500 a week for 25 years, which amounts to $3.25 million or taking a one-time lump sum payment of $1.9 million.

We asked Jensen what he plans on doing with his newfound wealth, and he had a simple answer – “All I want is a new set of golf clubs.” We’re pretty sure he won’t have any trouble affording that.

Jensen purchased his California Lucky for Life Scratchers ticket at Donut Island, which is located at 3401 Cherry Avenue in Long Beach (Los Angeles County). The retailer will receive a bonus of $16,250 just for selling the winning ticket.

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. 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.

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. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning California Lucky for Life 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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