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June 19, 2010

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June, 2010 | Winners Stories

Southern Californians Win Big on This Week’s “Make Me a Millionaire”!


Wanda MorrisSACRAMENTO – On this week’s "Make Me a Millionaire," 12 lucky contestants were awarded a total of $132,000 in cash and prizes.

Anamaria Molina from Pomona won a new car on the Lucky Penny segment. Lucky Penny winners have the option of taking the cash equivalent of the car, but Molina has yet to decide which prize she will choose.  “It’s a hard decision,” Molina said. “We need a car but we also need the cash.”Silvino Castillo

Wanda Morris, a nurse from Lake Elsinore, won $40,000 playing California Cool. Morris plans to pay off her house with her prize money. Silvino Castillo of Los Angeles nabbed $36,000 playing Safe Cracker. Castillo works in the construction industry and plans to use the money to take care of his wife and five children.

With the “Make Me a Millionaire” progressive jackpot increasing $200,000 each week, next week’s Millionaire game contestant will have a chance to win $2.2 million.

Here is a list of this week’s big winners:

Name Game City Amount
Wanda Morris California Cool Lake Elsinore $40,000
Silvino Castillo Safe Cracker Los Angeles $36,000
Anamaria Molina Lucky Penny Pomona $30,000

The California Lottery believes in creating a better, more sustainable environment for future generations, which is why all cars given away on “Make Me a Millionaire” are fuel efficient and use clean innovative technologies. All new car winners on this week’s episode won a Chevy Malibu or the cash equivalent of the vehicle.

For more information about “Make Me a Millionaire,” visit For high resolution photos, please contact (916) 324-9639 or e-mail

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail commissions. Since 2000, the Lottery has contributed $1 billion to public schools each year and since we began in 1985, the Lottery has contributed more than $22 billion to education.


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