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December 27, 2012

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December, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Lottery Winner’s Wife About to Get the Surprise of Her Life!


SACRAMENTO – It’s tough to keep a secret, and the one Carl Woodmansee has been hiding will blow you away. Yesterday evening he purchased a Lottery ticket at a shop in West Covina (Los Angeles County) and won $1 million – the tippy top prize on the $1,000,000 Fortune Scratchers® game!

“I’ve always wondered what it would look like…to win a prize like that. What would it say?” Carl said. Even after scanning his ticket about 20 times, Carl said he still couldn’t believe it. That joyous moment was quickly followed with anxiety about holding such a valuable piece of paper. “I slept with the ticket in my bed. I’ve also kept it in my jacket” said Carl, in describing what he calls a nervous night. “But it was good. It’s a good problem to have.”

The nerves didn’t subside until Carl was able to claim his ticket at the Lottery’s Inland Empire District Office this morning. “I’ve been cautious and calculated,” Carl said. He was so cautious about any word getting out that he revealed this little nugget when we asked him to describe how his wife responded to the win. “I’m going to take her to dinner tonight and tell her the news.” Carl said she doesn’t play, but that she’ll definitely get a portion of the windfall. “I know the way it works,” he explained. Carl also plans to pay some bills and make some additional house payments. “It will be money well spent. My car is 13 years old. It’s not gonna go to waste.”

Carl bought his lucky ticket at Smoke Shop, which is located at 1001 East Amar Road in West Covina. The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. That’s a lot of good news to go around, something Carl says he doesn’t take lightly. “I’m very blessed and grateful.”

The $1,000,000 Fortune 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 red & gold ticket offers players 21 chances to win various cash prizes. To win, simply match any of "YOUR NUMBERS" to any of the six "WINNING NUMBERS" to win that prize. Uncover a "10X" to win 10 times or a "20X" to win 20 times that prize. Uncover a "WIN" symbol and win all 20 prizes automatically. Uncover a "100" in the FAST SPOT, win $100. Overall game odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.30. 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. 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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