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July 6, 2012

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July, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

No More Blues for Musician After Top Prize Win


SACRAMENTO – Tommy Arviso was not impressed with his winning ticket – “I thought I’d won only $25,” Arviso said. Thankfully, his Scratchers® ticket was worth a lot more. Only after saving it from being thrown away by a family member did he notice the California Lottery Black Scratchers ticket was worth the $250,000 top prize!

Arviso said he’s usually unlucky but isn’t singing the Blues after strumming up luck on his first California Lottery Black Scratchers® game. A musician in a difficult economy, Arviso says this couldn’t come at a better time. With the earnings he plans to take care of his family first, invest in his home and upgrade his Fender bass.

Arviso claimed his ticket at the California Lottery’s Sacramento District Office. The winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven located at 4355 Hill Crest Avenue in Antioch.

The California Lottery Black 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 an almost all black motif and, in total, offers 20 top prizes of $250,000. To play, match any of your numbers to any of the four winning numbers and win that prize. Uncover a 10X symbol and you’ll automatically win 10 times that prize. Uncover a win symbol and win all 18 prizes automatically! Overall game odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.76. 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 $24 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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