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October 16, 2012

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October, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

$1 Million Scratchers® Win is “Out of This World” for Wife and Author in Oakdale


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SACRAMENTO – Some players win big, some win small and some not at all. For Paula Shindler, $250 Million Cash Spectacular wins started small and have taken off for her and her husband Kim.

Paula was happy to win $50 on a $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers ticket. She was excited to win $200 on the same game shortly after. With her luck on the rise, she purchased another ticket last Friday and was thrilled to scratch away a galactic win – the $1 million top prize.

But her husband Kim, the author of a science-fiction book that dreams big, was not moved. “Let me know when you have more details,” he said.

After confirming the $1 million win was truly non-fiction, Paula and Kim have planned to pay off their home and use the big win to help promote Kim’s book “Bencodi: The Lasting Saga.”

The winning ticket was purchased at the Raley’s located at 1550 East F Street in Oakdale (Stanislaus County). Raley’s 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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