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March 24, 2014

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March, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Daily Commute Leads to $1 Million Win in Salinas


SACRAMENTO – The daily commute can become dull and monotonous. But for Yoana Abrica-Gomez, her 20-mile drive to school became anything but that after acting on a feeling and stopping at a convenience store. She walked in a student, and walked out a millionaire.

“I just felt it,” the 28-year-old said about her reason for stopping. You see, that morning she was thinking about what she would do if she won the lottery. She then had a lucky feeling and decided to stop at Salinas ampm, a store she always passes on her commute. Abrica-Gomez bought a California Gold Scratchers® ticket, scratched it in her car and couldn’t believe what she was seeing (see photo of ticket below).

“I was in shock,” she said. And she wasn’t kidding. A few days later, while claiming her prize at a Lottery office, Abrica-Gomez still couldn’t believe her luck. “I did get it, right?” she half-jokingly asked the Lottery staff, who laughed with her and then assured her she was in fact a winner.

So what’s next for Abrica-Gomez? She plans to pay off some bills and help her family. She’s also thinking about buying a house.

The winning doesn’t stop with Abrica-Gomez. The ampm that sold her the winning ticket will get a retailer bonus of $5,000.  That store is located at 970 Work Street in Salinas (Monterey County).

For information on how to play California Gold Scratchers, click here:$10-Scratchers/california-gold-867.

Like all Lottery Scratchers games, California Gold comes with a second chance to win the top prize. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning California Gold Scratchers ticket codes for a chance to win.

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