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June 25, 2012

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June, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

One Extra Lottery Ticket Helps Man Strike It Rich!


SACRAMENTO – Last week, Magdaleno Cervantes became a member of a rapidly growing club – a club full of lucky California Lottery players who have won the $250,000 top prize for the Strike It Rich! Scratchers® game.

But it almost didn’t work out that way. Cervantes said he was set to leave for a family vacation to Utah when he decided to stop by his favorite Lottery retail location – Expressway Store, which is located at 19571 Hansen Avenue in Lakeview (Riverside County) – to purchase one of the newest $5 Scratchers games, Strike It Rich! When he asked the clerk for a ticket, the clerk provided him with one, and then he paused – “better make it two” he said. He scratched both tickets in the store and it was the second ticket that won the top prize.

Cervantes says he got really excited, but remained calm enough to sign the back of his ticket and get a claim form. Then he drove straight home to tell his wife. The only problem with the whole situation was that he would have to wait an entire week before he could claim his prize since he was leaving for vacation! “At the time, I thought to myself, ‘man, I have to wait a whole week?’” He came in to the Lottery’s Inland Empire District Office this afternoon to formally claim his 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 start saving all your non-winning $5 Scratchers ticket codes for our upcoming Summer promotion! Beginning July 15th, each week we’ll have a drawing from ALL 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 $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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