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August 31, 2012

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August, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Happy SoCal Man Now Even Happier After Winning $1 Million


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SACRAMENTO – There are good days and then there are spectacular ones like the one Carl Sprout just experienced. On the same day that he had just received a raise at work, he won $1 million dollars, the top prize in the CA Lottery’s $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers® game.

Look at the smile he’s sporting in his winner’s photo (*see attached). Even before his big win and his nice raise Carl considered himself a happy man. “I work at Disnelyand. I’m a sound mechanic there,” Carl told us. He has no plans to quit his job. “No matter what … how big, I would keep working because I like my job!”

Carl said he scratched his ticket right outside the place he purchased it, Rocky’s Market, which is located at 12542 Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove (Orange county). Can you just picture him by the door, leaning against the wall and realizing the $10 he had spent on his ticket had delivered a $1 million return on his investment? “When I saw that I just said, ‘Holy Moly!’” said Carl. “I did a double take. I thought this can’t be true.”

Well, it is true. Carl told us he can now help his siblings, fix up a house he’s been working on and invest in his future. “Don’t get discouraged,” he said, still stunned by his win, yet ever the optimist of life’s truly magical moments. “Never give up hope. You never know what’s gonna happen.”

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.

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 $25 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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