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May 20, 2014

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May, 2014 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Foster Mom Wins $750,000!


Rosalie Tumminaro 440

SACRAMENTO – As a mother to three adopted children, all Rosalie Tumminaro wishes for, is to be able to leave something for her children when she’s gone. Call it luck or an act of fate, Rosalie’s wish came true in a very big way.

Rosalie is a huge fan of Scratchers® tickets, but her absolute favorite is the High Roller Poker ticket – so much so that she even calls it her “lucky card.” Rosalie was at her local supermarket when she put money into a Scratchers vending machine to buy her “lucky card.” She said that the machine made a sound like it was dispensing the ticket, but for some odd reason, it never came out. She admitted she was a little disappointed, but she reluctantly opted for her second choice, which happened to be the $10 Bonus Crossword Scratchers game. After unveiling 10 lucky words, Rosalie might now have a new “lucky card,” because that Bonus Crossword ticket was worth $750,000!  

Rosalie has dedicated a big part of her life to helping kids. Not only is she a proud mother to three adopted children, but she has been a foster mother for over 20 years. Her son Patrick, who accompanied her to the Lottery’s Sacramento District Office to claim her ticket, said that his mom is just the type of person who helps everyone else before herself. He told us a story about his mother paying for her neighbor’s dog to get a rabies shot when the neighbor couldn’t afford it.

Rosalie told us that she just bought a new house and hopes to use her winnings to pay it off so that she can leave it to her kids. We asked Rosalie if she wanted to do anything nice for herself, and she said all she wants is some new clothes and to get her hair done.

Rosalie bought her ticket at the Safeway located at 9080 Brooks Road in Windsor (Sonoma County).

Click here for information on how to play Bonus Crossword Scratchers.

The winning certainly doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the Bonus Crossword game comes with a second chance to win the top prize. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning Bonus Crossword Scratchers ticket codes for another chance to win. The game is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public schools.

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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