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September 9, 2013

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September, 2013 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Diamond Millionaire Scratchers® Ticket a Precious Discovery in Santa Clara County!


Gem of a Find Scores Bay Area Man $1,000,000 Prize  

SACRAMENTO – James Freeman had a little bit of time to kill after finishing up at the barber shop this past Friday. So he stopped and bought himself a $10 Diamond Millionaire Scratchers ticket. The cut the barber gave him was nothing compared to the one the 69-year-old Campbell man will be receiving as his dazzling prize payout!

Freeman says he’d scratched away half of his ticket unsuccessfully before suddenly, in bold black letters, the $1,000,000 logo appeared. “I had to get my glasses and look at it three or four times!” he explained. Freeman could very likely be the California Lottery’s most avid Scratchers player. “I wish I had all the money for all the Scratchers I’ve scratched! I’ve played since day one,” added the lucky Bay Area resident. Well, he’s earned back all of his investments, and then some!

Freeman remembers winning $700 about a decade ago, but this win is obviously completely off the charts. He says he plans on using the money for some personal family matters involving his wife. “It just may save her life,” he replied.

The California Lottery’s second winning Diamond Millionaire Scratchers ticket (both have been won in the Bay Area) was purchased at Campbell Plaza Bottle Shop. The store is located at 2345 Winchester Boulevard in Campbell (Santa Clara County). The lucky retailer will also enjoy a bonus of $5,000 for selling the winning ticket. Not bad! Not bad at all.

The winning doesn’t stop here – like all Lottery Scratchers games, Diamond Millionaire comes with a second chance to win the game’s top prize. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning Diamond Millionaire Scratchers ticket codes for a chance to win. For more information on the game and a simulation on how to play, please click here.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 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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