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July 26, 2010

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July, 2010 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Man Follows His Instincts - Wins $2,000,010 Playing “Extravaganza” Scratchers®


SACRAMENTO – An East Bay man played a hunch over the weekend, and as a result he’s California’s newest millionaire. The lucky Lottery player claimed a winning Scratchers ticket worth $2,000,000 at his local Lottery District Office this morning.

The man – who wishes to remain anonymous – purchased the winning “$2,000,000 Extravaganza” Scratchers ticket at a Bonfare Market in Concord on Saturday. And while the lucky winner is a regular Scratchers player, he admits that his trip to the market was because “they have the cheapest gas prices around.”

Ordinarily the man plays only the $1 and $2 Scratchers games, but on this visit he took one look at the fresh roll of $2,000,000 Extravaganza tickets and bought two. The first ticket netted the $2 million prize, and the second was another winner – for $10.

“I never buy the $5 tickets, but something told me I needed to buy them,” the man explained. “The fact that I listened to myself was really a miracle. After I scratched that ticket I don’t even know how I made it out of the parking lot.”

He plans to use his money to buy a new car for his wife and help pay for his daughter’s college education.

The “$2,000,000 Extravaganza” Scratchers ticket costs $5 and offers 15 $2 million prizes, which are paid out over 25 years. Tickets are available at the more than 21,000 Lottery retailers throughout the state. For more detailed information about this game, please visit

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail commissions. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed more than $22 billion to education.

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