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February 5, 2013

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February, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Southern California Woman Wins $1 Million Scratchers® Prize


Myra Vasicek 350

SACRAMENTO – While most people were in front of their televisions on Sunday watching the big game with friends, Myra Vasicek was getting ready to party for an entirely different reason – she had just won the $1 million top prize on a $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers ticket. She came into the Lottery’s Inland Empire District Office yesterday to claim her prize.

Her story goes like this – she had some winning Scratchers to turn in, so she packed them up and went to Sun City Ultramar, which is located at 27181 McCall Boulevard in Sun City (Riverside County). Vasicek said she decided to grab a few more tickets, and as she was scratching them, the second to last ticket came up a big winner. She said she was so excited that she couldn’t believe it. Her husband and sons were all out of the house, so she tried calling her husband, but he was out riding dirt bikes. “I just told him to get home as soon as possible,” Vasicek said.

She said at first her husband didn’t believe her story, but when he heard her voice shaking he knew she had won. Vasicek said she then sent photos of the winning ticket to her sons. She plans to use her winnings to help out her sons, pay some bills, and beef up her savings.

Vasicek wasn’t the only winner on Sunday, the retailer wins too. Sun City Ultramar 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 96 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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