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April 24, 2012

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April, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Bay Area Man is California’s Newest Millionaire


SACRAMENTO – Bay Area resident Frederick Flefel just had the longest weekend of his life. That’s because on Friday, Flefel purchased an instant $1 million-winning $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers® ticket, but had to hold onto it until this morning when Lottery offices opened. “I slept with the ticket all weekend,” Flefel said.

Flefel also told us that he plans on using the money to take care of his family. The lucky ticket was purchased at Smoke N Talk, which is located at 3367 Mission Street in San Francisco. Retailers that sell top prize-winning $250 Million Cash Spectacular tickets receive a $5,000 bonus.

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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