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August 6, 2013

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August, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Newest Scratchers® Ticket Pays Off Big in L.A. County!


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A Second Look at Smokin’ Hot Cash Scratchers Ticket Nets $250,000 

SACRAMENTO – Rachel Sepulveda admits she should have looked more closely, but was in a bit of a rush. “When I scratched it off, I completely missed that I had the winning number,” she explained. So she did what anyone should have done under those circumstances – she entered her $5 Smokin’ Hot Cash Scratchers ticket into the Lottery’s popular 2nd Chance drawing to try again.

The computer cut straight to the chase. Her ticket wasn’t eligible for the Lottery's 2nd Chance Program because it was already a winner – a $250,000 winner to be exact! “It’s a good thing I didn’t throw the ticket away!” laughed the 53-year old Los Angeles County woman. “And I still didn’t believe it until I showed the clerk (at the store) where I bought it.” Talk about luck on your side!

The moral of the story? Don’t rush when you’re scratching away what could be a fortune! Sepulveda says she’s going to use her $250,000 winnings to help her family. “I usually did better at the casinos, but I can’t say that anymore,” she joked.

Sepulveda purchased her winning ticket at Rony’s Tobacco, which is located at 425 W Foothill Boulevard in Glendora (Los Angeles County).

Smokin’ Hot Cash is the latest $5 Scratchers game. To win, simply match any of “YOUR NUMBERS” to any of the five “WINNING NUMBERS” and win that prize. Uncover a 5X symbol to automatically win five times that prize. Uncover a 10X symbol and win 10 times that prize. Uncover two matching symbols in the bonus game and win the corresponding prize. The game is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for education.

The winning doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the Smokin’ Hot Cash game comes with second chances to win the top prizes. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning Smokin’ Hot Cash Scratchers ticket codes for a chance to win. For more information on the game and a simulation on how to play, please click here.

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