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December 7, 2012

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December, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Fifth Time’s the Charm for Bay Area $1 Million Scratchers® Winner


SACRAMENTO – Li Hua Huang is the California Lottery’s latest $1 million prize winner, thanks to the $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers game.

Huang and her friend came into the Lottery’s San Francisco District Office this morning to claim the game’s top prize after she scratched the big winner a couple days ago. She said she went into a retail location close to her home and bought four of the $10 Scratchers tickets. The first three turned up nothing, but on the fourth, she received a free ticket. She then scratched off her free ticket and was in complete disbelief.

Huang even asked her friend to confirm just how many zeroes were actually in the amount of her prize. Since that time, her friend told us that Huang is “always smiling.” And who could blame her? She’s married with two kids, runs two nail salons, and she just won $1 million! The person who should be happiest is probably her daughter. She turns three years old tomorrow and we’re guessing she’ll be receiving a few additional presents from mom.

Huang bought her ticket at Balboa Liquor and Deli, which is located at 3524 Balboa Street in San Francisco. The retailer is a winner too. Balboa Liquor and Deli will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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.

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 2, or via our website at

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. 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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