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August 12, 2014

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August, 2014 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Mail Carrier Stops in for a Drink, Comes out $650,000 Richer!


Susan Nichols 440


SACRAMENTO – Susan Nichols is a mail carrier in the Sacramento area and after her route, she sometimes stops into a local gas station for a cool drink – especially on a hot day. Back in July, she did just that and decided to also buy a $1 California Lucky Life Scratchers® ticket! She scratched it and realized right away she had won, but she and her husband kept it a secret for almost a month before coming into the California Lottery’s Sacramento District Office to claim their prize. During that time, they figured out the best way to claim the prize (payments or cash option) and how to make the money work for them.

Nichols chose the cash option and will receive $375,000 in a lump sum amount. She purchased her ticket at the Shell station, which is located at 3510 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Sacramento. She plans on paying off some debt with her prize and also starting a college fund for her daughter. As for any vacation plans, she replied, “Maybe in a year or so, we’ll plan a family vacation.” 

The California Lucky Life Scratchers family is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for education. For more information on the game and how to play, click here.

Also, like all Lottery Scratchers games, the California Lucky Life family of games comes with a second chance to win the top prize. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning California Lucky Life Scratchers ticket code for a chance to win.

The California Lottery is a $5 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2013-14, the Lottery created 89 new millionaires. 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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