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March 24, 2014

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March, 2014 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Crossword Player Isn’t Stupid


SACRAMENTO – When Chad Denning uncovered the 10th word on his 20x Crossword Scratchers ticket, he double, triple and even quadrupled checked it. After he did that, he crossed off and scribbled over the words to make sure he didn’t count the same word twice. When he finally convinced himself he was a big winner, his first thought wasn’t to have it scanned, instead he said “I had to have my wife and father-in-law check it and make sure I wasn’t stupid.” Well the good news for Chad, he isn’t stupid. And even better news, he’s now $750,000 richer!    

Denning told us that he stopped at his local 7-Eleven solely to buy some remote controlled helicopters. In fact, he actually bought three of the $10 20x Crossword Scratchers tickets the week prior, but didn’t win anything, so he had zero intentions of buying another ticket. That was until fate intervened…Well, it was more like the store clerk asked if he wanted to buy a Scratchers ticket. Denning obliged, and now he’s as happy as can be with his new toy helicopters and an extra $750,000 to his name.   

Denning told us that he plans on using the money to help pay for his kid’s college and also to make some renovations to his house. The lucky ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven located at 218 American Canyon Road in American Canyon (Napa County).

For information on how to play 20X Crossword Scratchers, click here:$10-Scratchers/20x-crossword-847

The winning certainly doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the 20X Crossword game comes with a second chance to win the top prize. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning 20X Crossword Scratchers ticket codes for another chance to win. The game is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public schools.

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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