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June 19, 2012

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June, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Timing Right for Lottery Player to Strike It Rich!


SACRAMENTO – To say that Susana Castellanos had been dealing with a lot in her life is an understatement. The 26-year-old Los Angeles County woman had been considering a new job, her father had recently been in a car accident, and her mother had desperately wanted to move into a different home.
Despite all of that, Susana said she maintained a positive attitude. Who knows? That attitude may have changed her luck when she decided to send her brother to buy Lottery Scratchers® tickets at a local convenience store. She doesn’t know why she did it since she only plays every once in a while. Good thing she did, though, because in the parking lot, using a penny, Susana scratched off a Strike it Rich ticket that hit big.

Susana said she was in disbelief. There was a match and a prize amount of $250,000! “I showed it to him. We both started crying,” Susana said. She explained that with the big win many opportunities opened up for her. “I’m free to help my mom get out of the house that she’s in,” said Susana, rattling off the list of things that had been weighing heavily on her mind. “I can help my dad. It came at a perfect time. I’m still in denial.”

Susana said she’s been living with this news for over a week now. She waited to turn in the ticket because she wanted to hold on to the moment and to show the ticket to everyone. That included her husband and children. “I’m very happy where I am now. I was before, just happier now.”

Susana purchased her ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 1212 North White Avenue in Pomona (Los Angeles County).

The California Lottery’s Strike It Rich 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 gold and red ticket offers overall odds of winning of 1 in 4.73. Players can win a top prize of $250,000! This ticket offers 18 chances to win, and two win all features. Prizes start at $10 and go up to $250,000. 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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