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July 2, 2012

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July, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Lottery Winner Trashes Winning Ticket


SACRAMENTO – Filemon Flores might think twice the next time he throws something in the trash. Last Friday, Flores purchased a Strike It Rich! Scratchers® ticket and tossed it in the garbage after scratching it off and thinking it was a non-winning ticket. Lucky for him, his daughter saw the discarded ticket and thought she might as well enter it into Replay for a Second Chance to win. The only problem was that the ticket kept getting rejected. Flores’ daughter decided to take a closer look at the Scratchers ticket and was shocked to discover she was actually holding a winning ticket worth $250,000! But even more shocking is that the $250,000 was almost trash.

Today, Flores walked into the Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office to claim his $250,000 prize that almost wasn’t. Flores told us that he has three children and three grandchildren and he plans on splitting his winnings amongst them. The lucky ticket was purchased at K’s Market, which is located at 139 West Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton (Orange County).

The California Lottery’s Strike It Rich! 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 gold and red ticket offers overall odds of winning of 1 in 4.73. Players can win a top prize of $250,000! This ticket offers 18 chances to win, and two win all features. Prizes start at $10 and go up to $250,000. Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1.2 million.

And don’t forget to keep saving all your non-winning $5 Scratchers ticket codes for our upcoming Summer promotion! Beginning July 15th, each week we’ll have a drawing from ALL non-winning $5 Scratchers ticket codes entered into Replay during that week. We will randomly select 35 lucky people each week to win a pack of Strike It Rich! Scratchers tickets – that’s a $400 value and 80 chances to win the $250,000 top prize!

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 $24 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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