CA Lottery Home

About Us Games Retailers Corporate Social Responsibility Español

Press release

April 15, 2014

See more press releases:

April, 2014 | Winners Stories

Swear Jar Money Leads to $1 Million Scratchers® Win in Fresno County!


Isaias Herrera 440

SACRAMENTO – It’s not every day that paying yourself a fine for a bad habit pays off big time, but for Isaias Herrera that’s exactly what happened! The Riverdale lottery player decided to use the money he puts into his swear jar to pick up a $10 California Black Exclusive Scratchers ticket. His decision turned to be a good one as Herrera won the top prize of $1 million!

Herrera decided to purchase the ticket after seeing the California Black Exclusive Scratchers television commercial featuring Lady Luck. He told us that his wife usually buys their Scratchers tickets. “I usually don’t have luck when playing the Scratchers tickets -- until this win,” he said.

The currently unemployed food production worker said he took the ticket to a friend’s house after he purchased it at the Texaco Star Mart, located at 3610 West Mt. Whitney Avenue in Riverdale (Fresno County). “My friend and I were just going to play video games,” said Herrera. Those plans changed after he found out he won. What makes this tale of luck even better is that he scratched the winning ticket the day before his birthday!

Herrera says he plans to invest the money, already planning for a better future. He also insists he did not swear when he found out he won $1 million, so for now that jar is still empty.

The California Black Exclusive Scratchers game 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, which features an almost all black motif with a touch of gold, offers a total of 24 top prizes of $1,000,000. For more information on how to play, click here.

And don’t forget, every non-winning ticket can be entered into our 2nd Chance Program for another try at becoming California’s latest millionaire! Just subscribe and submit any non-winning California Black Exclusive Scratchers ticket code for another 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.

See More Press Releases: April, 2014 | Winners Stories |