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December 25, 2012

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December, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Family Receives a $1,000,000 Fortune for Christmas


SACRAMENTO – Francisco Rios always believed that Lottery made big winners and, throughout his years of playing Scratchers® and draw games, he knew his time would come. “When?” was the only question.

Here and there, Rios won small amounts of money playing $5 Scratchers until he decided to try $10 Scratchers games. After a small streak of non-winners, Rios took a chance on the $1,000,000 Fortune Scratchers ticket. While he was skeptical, his daughter could tell there was a sign of good luck when he purchased two tickets this past Sunday. Both ticket codes ended in “44.” The first ticket was a non-winner, but the second, a $1,000,000 Fortune Scratchers ticket, revealed the whopping “big win” Rios had been playing for. A family man, Rios called his wife to share, “Honey, we hit the big one!” She didn’t believe him until they claimed their $1,000,000 ticket at the Van Nuys office this Christmas Eve.

Rios said he’s always believed that he would win and did not expect his win to come at this time. But, he is happy that it’s here and it has given him and his family more reason to celebrate this holiday season. Rios bought his lucky $10 ticket at 7 & 7 Liquor, which is located at 13654 Victory Boulevard in Van Nuys (Los Angeles County).

The $1,000,000 Fortune 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 red & gold ticket offers players 21 chances to win various cash prizes. To win, simply match any of "YOUR NUMBERS" to any of the six "WINNING NUMBERS" to win that prize. Uncover a "10X" to win 10 times or a "20X" to win 20 times that prize. Uncover a "WIN" symbol and win all 20 prizes automatically. Uncover a "100" in the FAST SPOT, win $100. Overall game odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.30. 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. 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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