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July 18, 2014

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July, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

California Lucky Life Scratchers® Player Wins $1.3 Million While on Family Trip!


Eva Ruiz 440 

SACRAMENTO – Eva Ruiz’s purchase of a $2 California Lucky Life Scratchers ticket has made her and her family $1.3 million richer! The Pacoima resident told the California Lottery that she was visiting family over the weekend when she and her husband decided to stop at Nellie’s Market (816 North Vermont Avenue) in Los Angeles to buy a single $2 lottery ticket.

What makes this win even better is she scratched the ticket in the store and instantly realized she was a huge winner.

“I couldn’t believe it when the clerk told me that I was a big winner,” Ruiz said.

What does Ruiz plan to do with her newfound fortune? “I want to buy a house with the money,” the dental assistant explained.

Ruiz had the option of taking $1.3 million, which would have paid $1,000 a week for 25 years, but instead decided to take the lump sum amount of $750,000.

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 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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