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August 21, 2012

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August, 2012 | Media Advisories and Events | Northern California

Lottery Player Has a “Lucky Feeling” That Pays Off!


SACRAMENTO – Gabriel Arreaga doesn’t play the Lottery all the time. According to him, “I only play when I have extra money and I’m feeling lucky.” Recently, he was feeling lucky and acted on that feeling, resulting in Arreaga winning the $250,000 top prize on a California Lottery Black Scratchers® ticket.

Arreaga went to the store to get something to drink and since he was feeling lucky, he purchased one of the $5 Scratchers tickets he had seen on the Lottery commercial. He purchased his ticket at Paisano’s Market, which is located at 2460 East Main Street in Stockton. The college student explains, “I didn’t believe it at first, I just kept looking at it. Then I checked it at the Lottery machine and I called my mom right away.” Arreaga says he plans to save his prize to pay for college once he transfers to a four-year university.

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 $25 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.