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March 3, 2014

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March, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Million Dollar Blessing for California Family


SACRAMENTO – Valente Hernandez is a loving father of a very special little boy. His two-year-old son was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and as a result, the little boy has already undergone more than 20 surgeries. As you could imagine, this can be an extremely emotional and financial burden on a family. Today, Valente Hernandez is feeling more hopeful than ever before about his family’s future. That’s because the proud 23-year-old dad scratched off a California Gold Scratchers® ticket worth $1 million.

Hernandez told us that as soon as he realized how much he had won, all he could think about was his son. We asked Hernandez how this money would help his family, and he told us that “100% of the money is going toward my son and his treatment…and if there’s a little money left over, that would be good too.”  

Hernandez told us that he believes God was the reason he bought the winning ticket. He had $30 in his wallet and was going to put it all toward gas, but he said something made him stop when the pump hit $20. Hernandez used the money he had left over to buy the $10 California Gold Scratchers ticket that is now worth $1 million.

The lucky ticket was purchased at Crown Valley 76, which is located at 26411 Crown Valley Parkway in Mission Viejo (Orange County). The lucky retail location also comes out a big winner. They will receive a bonus of a half a percent, or $5,000, just for selling the top prize-winning ticket.

California Gold is one of the Lottery’s $10 Scratchers games, with a top prize of $1 million. Just match any of your numbers to any of the six winning numbers and win that prize. Uncover a "10X" symbol to automatically win 10 times that prize. Uncover a "20X" symbol to automatically win 20 times that prize. Uncover a "WIN" symbol to automatically win all 20 prizes. Uncover a "100" in the "FAST SPOT," and win $100 instantly!

The winning doesn’t stop there – 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.

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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