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July 22, 2014

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July, 2014 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Bay Area Man Satisfies Hunger With $1.3 Million Scratchers® Win!


SACRAMENTO – After cashing his paycheck, Anthony Smith knew what he needed. “I decided I was going to get me a couple pieces of chicken, a couple of peanut patties and a couple bottles of my tomato juice.” But something else caught his eye as he was leaving Gazzali’s Supermarket (7000 Bancroft Avenue) in Oakland!

“As I got ready to walk out of the store I looked at the (Lottery vending machine) and I said, ‘Well let me try a California Lucky Life. Who knows?’” Smith recalled. Might very well be the best decision the maintenance technician has ever made. He bought three of the $2 Scratchers tickets, and the last one he uncovered revealed the word “LIFE.” It was worth a staggering $1.3 million ($1,000 per week for the next 25 years).

“I called my wife. She got home from work like a bullet,” laughed Smith. “She read the ticket and danced all over the bedroom! It still hasn’t sunk in. I’m overwhelmed.”

Smith says he plans on purchasing his very first home with his winnings, and maybe put the rest toward starting his own Laundromat business. The East Bay resident has decided he will take the lump sum amount, which comes out to a cool $750,000 before federal taxes.

The California Lucky Life Scratchers family is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for education. For more information on the game and how to play, click here.

Also, like all Lottery Scratchers games, the California Lucky Life family of games comes with a second chance to win the top prize. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning California Lucky Life Scratchers ticket code for a chance to win.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 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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