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January 30, 2014

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January, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Emotional Win for $5 Million Jackpot Scratchers® Player


SACRAMENTO – Many lottery winners find it hard to control their emotions after hitting it big. In the case of Salvador Cardenas, you would never have guessed he just won $5 million because of his quiet and calm demeanor. Cardenas walked into the California Lottery’s Van Nuys District Office yesterday holding a top prize-winning $5 Million Jackpot Scratchers ticket.

Cardenas was very quiet and unemotional as we asked him the typical interview questions we ask all of our big winners. That was until we asked how this money would help him. Cardenas had to pause for a few moments and compose himself as he held back his tears. Then, as if a huge weight had been lifted off his shoulders, he told us that he would like to help his dad. Cardenas didn’t need to say much more for us to know how important this big win was for him and his family.       

The lucky ticket was purchased at Clark’s Liquor, which is located at 1703 North Ventura Avenue in Ventura (Ventura County). Clark’s Liquor is a big winner as well, as it will get $25,000 for selling the winning ticket. 

For information on how to $5 Million Jackpot Scratchers, click here:$20-Scratchers/%245-million-jackpot-1100.

The winning certainly doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the $5 Million Jackpot game comes with a second chance to win the top prize. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning $5 Million Jackpot Scratchers ticket codes for another chance to win. The game is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public schools.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 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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