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June 18, 2012

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June, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

NorCal Woman Wins $250,000 Scratchers® Prize



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Ida Lam says she doesn’t play the California Lottery’s Scratchers® games very often. In fact, she only started playing about a month ago when she first picked up a California Lottery Black Scratchers ticket. The reason she kept playing? That first ticket was worth $50.

Fast-forward to today, and Lam is now $250,000 richer for continuing to play the California Lottery Black Scratchers game. She hit the big prize over the weekend and came into the Lottery’s Sacramento District Office this morning to claim her winnings.

Lam purchased her winning ticket on Saturday at the 7-Eleven located at 500 Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn (Placer County). She said she took the ticket into the Chinese restaurant where she works and scratched it there. She said despite the public setting, she got plenty excited when she saw she had won $250,000, shouting “I just won big money!”

She said after she had calmed a bit she called her husband and her mom. She laughed when recounting her mom’s initial reaction: “Are you kidding???”

For now, Lam says her only plans are to use some of the money to pay off her house.

The California Lottery Black 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 an almost all black motif and, in total, offers 20 top prizes of $250,000. To play, match any of your numbers to any of the four winning numbers and win that prize. Uncover a 10X symbol and you’ll automatically win 10 times that prize. Uncover a win symbol and win all 18 prizes automatically! Overall game odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.76. 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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