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December 30, 2011

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December, 2011 | Winners Stories | Northern California

New Year’s Resolution Leads to $1 Million Win


SACRAMENTO – San Francisco resident Javier V. decided that his New Year’s resolution for 2012 would be to stop playing the Lottery. So with only a few hours left in 2011, he decided he’d play just one last time. Javier bought a single $250 Million Cash Spectacular ticket and became an instant $1 million winner. When asked what he’d like to do with the money, Javier responded “I really don’t know because I still don’t believe it.”

The lucky ticket was purchased at Glaze Donuts, which is located at 4499 Mission St. in San Francisco. The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the top prize-winning ticket.

Sales of the Lottery’s first-ever $10 Scratchers game continue to be brisk, and with more sales come more big winners! There are still a whopping 14 instant $1 million prizes to be won out of the more than 10.6 million available prizes $250 Million Cash Spectacular offers. Since the ticket first went on sale on September 30, more than 230,000 tickets purchased by California Lottery players have won a minimum of $100 or more. Of the total winning numbers, 15 tickets have won $50,000 prizes and 25 tickets have claimed $10,000 prizes.

The $250 Million Cash Spectacular 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 a unique holographic design and, in total, offers more than a quarter of a billion dollars in prizes. To play, simply match any of “Your Numbers” to any of the six “Winning Numbers” and win that prize. Uncover a “star” symbol and win $100 instantly. Uncover a “WIN” symbol and win all 20 prizes automatically! Overall game odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.50. 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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