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August 14, 2012

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August, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

$10 Wager Turns into $1 Million Prize for Carson City Woman


SACRAMENTO – Maria Gutierrez has some experience with winning cash prizes. She lives in Nevada, so she’s been in a casino or two before. However, when it comes to Lottery games, she says she’s never been too successful…until last week. That’s when Gutierrez decided to throw caution to the wind and purchase a $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers® ticket at a local market. And while the $10 price did give her pause, she said she decided to just go for it. That chance was rewarded with the game’s $1 million top prize!

Gutierrez made the trek from Carson City to Sacramento today to claim her prize – since today is her day off from her job as a caregiver. Accompanying her on the journey was her daughter – the first person she called when she discovered she had won the big prize. “She scratched it on her way to Carson City and then she called me,” her daughter explained. “She was really excited.” Gutierrez says she plans to use some of the money to pay bills.

She purchased her winning ticket at Ski Run Market, which is located at 3460 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. Ski Run Market will get a $5,000 bonus for selling the top prize-winning ticket.

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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