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August 1, 2012

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August, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

“Cheapest Gas in Town” Nets $250,000 Prize for NorCal Man


SACRAMENTO – Abdulraouf Razaq is a big-time Lottery player. He enjoys playing Scratchers® games the most, but admits that he does play others as well. However, it wasn’t all Lottery games that drove him to purchase what turned out to be a $250,000 top prize-winning Strike it Rich! Scratchers ticket…it was “the cheapest gas in town.”

Razaq purchased said gas – and his winning ticket – at Kwik Serve, which is located at 950 West 11th Street in Tracy (San Joaquin County). He and his wife came into the Lottery’s Sacramento District Office this morning to claim their prize.

Razaq told us that he scratched his ticket as his car was filling up and he couldn’t believe what he was looking at. He said he went straight home to show his wife and although she didn’t know how to play the game, she soon discovered what he already knew – they were big winners!

The couple sat on the ticket for a few days – after Razaq made sure to sign the back – before finally taking it into a local store to verify their win. They said they’re “still a little shaky, but really excited.” Razaq said they plan to use their winnings to pay bills.

The California Lottery’s Strike It Rich! 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 gold and red ticket offers overall odds of winning of 1 in 4.73. Players can win a top prize of $250,000! This ticket offers 18 chances to win, and two win all features. Prizes start at $10 and go up to $250,000. Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1.2 million.

And don’t forget to keep saving all your non-winning $5 Scratchers ticket codes for our Summer promotion! Each week between now and September 15, we’ll have a drawing from ALL eligible non-winning $5 Scratchers ticket codes entered into Replay during that week. We will randomly select 35 lucky people each week to win a pack of Strike It Rich! Scratchers tickets – that’s a $400 value and 80 chances to win the $250,000 top prize!

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 94 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. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $25 billion to education. 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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