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May 31, 2012

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May, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Lottery Player is First to Strike It Rich!


SACRAMENTO – You might say that Thomas Lloyd has beginner’s luck. That’s because yesterday afternoon, Lloyd played the Lottery’s new Strike It Rich Scratchers® ticket for the first time and became the very first player to win the $250,000 top prize!

When asked what he plans on doing with his winnings, Lloyd said he would like to take care of his family, spoil his two cats and take a much overdue trip to Las Vegas.

Lloyd purchased his ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 22821 Saticoy Street in Canoga Park (Los Angeles County).

The California Lottery’s Strike It Rich 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 gold and red ticket offers overall odds of winning of 1 in 4.73. Players can win a top prize of $250,000! This ticket offers 18 chances to win, and two win all features. Prizes start at $10 and go up to $250,000. 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 $24 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.

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