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June 19, 2012

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June, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Man Wins $250,000 Scratchers® Prize – With a Little Help from His Cousin


Suranga Kumaranneh jackpot

SACRAMENTO – They say a cousin is a ready-made friend, always there to look out for you. This is certainly true in the case of Suranga Kumaranneh. You see, Kumaranneh recently purchased a California Lottery Black Scratchers ticket. When he scratched it, he thought he had won $250 and he was excited. He then called his cousin to share the news. His cousin wisely suggested that Kumaranneh run the winning Scratchers ticket through the retailer's check-a-ticket machine to make sure that was what he had won. After he checked his ticket, Kumaranneh realized that he hadn't won $250, but instead the $250,000 top prize!

Kumaranneh and his cousin came into the Lottery’s Van Nuys District Office this morning to claim the winnings. Kumaranneh, who has only been playing Lottery games for three or four months, described himself as “excited and happy!” He said he only plays when he “has a feeling.” Luckily he followed that lucky feeling and is $250,000 richer because of it.

Kumaranneh purchased his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 8707 Lindley Avenue, Unit J in Northridge (Los Angeles County). For now, Kumaranneh says he plans to help his family and donate part of his newfound wealth to a favorite charity.

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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