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June 4, 2012

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June, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Texas Transplant Wins $250,000 Scratchers® Prize


SACRAMENTO – They say everything’s bigger in Texas. While that may be true in some cases, Armando Trevino never won a Lottery prize in Texas anywhere near the $250,000 he recently won from California’s latest Scratchers game – California Lottery Black. Maybe the saying should be, “Everything’s bigger in California!”

Armondo Trevino

Trevino, who now resides in Southern California, hit the top prize in the California Lottery Black game late last week. Today, he came into the Lottery’s Van Nuys District Office to claim his prize.

He purchased his ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 5570 Cahuenga Boulevard in North Hollywood (Los Angeles County) on Thursday morning. He told us that he usually waits until he gets home so he can scratch his tickets with his wife. When Trevino scratched the ticket he was sure he had won a free play. Then, he looked closer. “Am I blind?” he asked his wife in disbelief upon seeing he had won the game’s top prize.

Trevino said he was practically hyperventilating and that his wife’s reaction to the win was simple: “That’s awesome!” she said.

Trevino, who works for AT&T, said that he put the winning ticket under his mattress for safe-keeping while he went back to Texas last weekend to see one of his sons graduate from school. He says he plans to give each of his kids a little money for either a down payment on a house or car, he plans to buy his wife a new car, and he eventually hopes to buy himself a fishing boat.

And he plans to keep playing Lottery games, advising his fellow enthusiasts, “You can’t win if you don’t play!”

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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