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April 9, 2014

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April, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Daydream Comes True for $650,000 Orange County California Lucky for Life Scratchers® Winner!


SACRAMENTO – Leon Simpson remembers walking around his backyard recently, thinking about all of the home improvements he would love to get done – if only he had the money. “I would visualize having (workers) there getting them done. But I’ve visualized a lot of things in my life and nothing has happened!” Simpson joked.

Well that all changed thanks to the urge to buy a bunch of $1 California Lucky for Life tickets. “I bought them and won $23. So I went straight back and bought 23 more. When I got back home, the very first ticket I scratched off was (the winning) ticket!” Simpson explained. “I just kept looking at it and thanking God for providing this. I am so thankful.”

His investment paid off big time as he won $500 every week for the next 25 years. That comes out to a grand total of $650,000. If Simpson decides to take the cash option and get his money up front, he will still be walking away with a very handsome $375,000 before taxes.

As for what Simpson has in mind for his winnings, you guessed it – the home improvement projects he’d been dreaming about. “I believe in positive thinking. Sometimes things have a way of working out!”

Simpson purchased his winning $1 California Lucky for Life ticket at Surf City Liquor, which is located at 20972 Brookhurst Street in Huntington Beach.

The California Lucky for 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 for 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 for 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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