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September 10, 2012

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September, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

San Bernardino Woman Receives Gift from Dad – A $250,000 Top Prize-Winning Scratchers® Ticket


Luz Torres

SACRAMENTO – Luz Torres of San Bernardino said that she only plays the Lottery once in a while, but she told us that her dad is a regular player and he’s always telling her that she should play more often. In fact, last week he decided to buy her a Strike It Rich! Scratchers ticket, and if you guessed this story would end happily, you are correct!

Torres told her dad that he could go ahead and scratch the ticket himself, so he did. When he saw the numbers match up, he could barely believe it. He tried to call her more than once, but he didn’t get in touch with Luz until the next day. “We looked at it two or three more times,” Luz said.

She added that she’ll probably use the money to pay off some bills and possibly put money down on a house for her family. And, there will probably be a few presents in the mix for her five children.

The winning ticket was purchased at Ontario Liquor, which is located at 1403 East 4th Street in Ontario. Torres and her dad came into the Lottery’s Inland Empire District Office this morning to claim their prize.

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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