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August 27, 2013

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August, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Unemployed Man Wins Fortune


SACRAMENTO – Edgar Gomez didn’t look like a guy who was down on his luck as he walked into the California Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office. That’s because he came in holding a Scratchers® ticket worth a cool $1 million! Gomez became the 16th top prize winner in the California Lottery’s $1,000,000 Fortune Scratchers game.

Gomez told us his heart started pounding when he realized he had just won a small fortune. When we asked him what he was going to do with his winnings, he replied, “I don’t have a single clue, I have to talk to my wife.” That’s probably a good idea.

Gomez bought his winning ticket at Jamie’s Deli Market, which is located at 104 East Alondra Boulevard in Gardena (Los Angeles County). Jamie’s Deli Market gets a $5,000 bonus, just for selling the winning ticket.

$1,000,000 Fortune is a $10 Scratchers game. The game is the part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for education. The oversized red and gold ticket offers players 21 chances to win various prizes. And the winning doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the $1,000,000 Fortune game comes with second chances to win the top prizes. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning $1,000,000 Fortune Scratchers ticket codes for a chance to win. For more information on the game and a simulation on how to play, please click here.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 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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