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August 2, 2012

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August, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Reinvestment at its Best -- $10 Turns into $1 Million


SACRAMENTO – Lilia Hendrix thought she was lucky when she bought a $250 Million Cash Spectacular ticket last week and won $15. She decided to take her winnings and try her luck again, so she went back to the same retailer and bought the same ticket, but with a very different outcome this time.

She couldn’t believe her eyes when she scratched the second ticket – even after reading the instructions on the back of the ticket – she couldn’t be sure of her prize. She left the retailer and called her husband. She asked, “I think I won $1 million, do you believe me?” He did believe her, but she wasn’t completely sure until she came into the Lottery’s San Francisco District Office today to claim and they confirmed what she thought – she had won the $1 million top prize!

Hendrix bought both her tickets at Pacific Supermarket, which is located at 2900 Alemany Boulevard in San Francisco. Pacific Supermarket will get a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

How will Hendrix spend her windfall? “I want to pay off my house, put some in my savings, and then maybe share some with my husband and kids,” she explained.   

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 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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