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April 15, 2014

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April, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Persistence Pays Off as Professional Boxer Scores a Knockout With $1 Million Scratchers® Win in L.A. County!


SACRAMENTO – Professional boxer Damian Wills is not a regular Lottery player by any means. But if pressed he’ll tell you that he loves the new California Black Exclusive Scratchers ticket. In fact, he loves it so much he drove to four stores last week looking for the new and very popular game. “I don’t know why, but I felt like something kept telling me to play that game, that specific one. I don’t know if it was the commercial or the look of the ticket or what, but I kept coming back to it and it finally paid off,” he explained.  Paying off is an understatement; Wills won the top prize of $1 million!

He told us that he was having a bad day last Friday, so when he got to his girlfriend’s place he scratched the ticket. His girlfriend didn’t believe he had won.  Having to wait all weekend to claim his prize made for a sleepless couple of days. “I didn’t sleep much at all until Sunday when I just crashed, I was exhausted,” he said.  Wills plans to fulfill a dream and buy a home with his prize. He also plans to continue with his boxing career.

Wills bought his ticket at Bootleggers, which is located at 111 East Avenue in Lancaster (Los Angeles County). The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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.

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