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May 29, 2014

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May, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

MEDIA ADVISORY:Group of 45 Riverside Seniors Win $500,000 Playing SuperLotto Plus® 2nd Chance


Francis Warren 440

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SACRAMENTO – Buying SuperLotto Plus tickets in a group pool is a new tradition for residents of Cambria at Riverwalk senior living complex in Riverside. Back in August, Francis Warren decided to increase everyone’s chances by having the group of 45 total players put in $8 a week per person to buy tickets.

Well all of that determination paid off big time a couple of months ago in March! That’s when one of their SuperLotto Plus tickets was randomly chosen as the winner of the $500,000 top prize in the 2nd Chance Grand Opening draw!  Everyone will receive $11,111.11 before taxes. Not bad for a roughly $250 per person investment dating back to when the group started playing last summer.

Here’s how 2nd Chance works…Players enter winning or non-winning tickets on our website Players can win weekly 2nd Chance drawings of $15,000. There are also four $25,000 prizes and the $500,000 top prize in the 2nd Chance Grand Opening draw. Winners are able to check if they have won by accessing their California Lottery account online. And that is how Warren found out the group won half a million dollars. “It can’t be. How can this happen? I thought someone was playing a trick on me,” Warren said about the win.

Warren, who is a retired drapery installer, told the California Lottery that most residents in the pool are retired. Some plan to use the money to help with rent and other expenses such as buying new car tires. As for Warren, he plans on taking a cruise.

Warren said he buys the group’s tickets at different stores each week. This time he was on his way back from watching spring training baseball games in Arizona and stopped at a convenience store in Alpine (San Diego County) off of Interstate 8.

Whenever there is a group win, the question comes up…did anyone miss out by not putting their $8 in? “We did have a few players who didn’t have their money in this time,” Warren admitted. Which brings up the old saying: You have to play to win!

Mr. Warren as well as other winners in the group will be available for interviews today (Thursday May 29). For contact information, as well as additional story information or questions, please call Greg Parashak at (916) 822-8131.

WHAT:   Francis Warren and other winners in the group of 45 will be available to talk about their group $500,000 SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance win.
WHEN:   1:00 p.m.
             Thursday, May 29, 2014

WHERE: Cambria at Riverwalk Senior Community
             4725 Sierra Vista Avenue
             Riverside, CA 92505

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 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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