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October 18, 2013

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October, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

San Diego County Players are First to Cash in on Record Prize


$5 Million Jackpot Scratchers® Game Has First Big Winners 

SACRAMENTO – Lody Aquino is an avid lottery player, but friend and co-worker David Dawood, not so much. But David admitted that when he noticed people buzzing about the Lottery’s new $5 Million Jackpot Scratchers game, he decided to give it a shot. Lody and David each put $10 toward the new $20 ticket, and well – they are now both millionaires.

Lody was the one who actually scratched the winning ticket, and when he saw it was a winner, he shouted “oh my God, I can’t believe it!” Lody admits, he doesn’t have the best eyesight, so he quickly called David over to take a second look. “I ran over to Lody and snatched the ticket out of his hand to double-check,” David told us.

The giddy duo each had a pretty good idea of what they wanted to do with their $2.5 million share of the top prize. David said he would like to buy a house and maybe start his own business. Lody told us he wants to first pay all his debts, and then buy a nice house and a car – “But nothing fancy” he said, “maybe just an Acura.”        

The ticket was purchased at the Arco ampm, located at 450 West El Norte Parkway in Escondido (San Diego County). The retailer will receive a sweet bonus of $25,000 just for selling the winning ticket. 

The new game went on sale September 25 at more than 20,000 retail locations throughout the state. In its first full week of sales, players purchased an extraordinary $17.2 million worth of $5 Million Jackpot tickets. That’s nearly double the anticipated sales total for the week.

It’s not really surprising $5 Million Jackpot is so popular. Not only does it offer the best overall Scratchers odds to win prizes – players have the opportunity to walk away with the largest lump sum cash prize any of our wide variety of Scratchers has ever paid out ($5 million!). No annual payments! The game is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public schools.

The road to taking home $5 million in cash is simple enough. To win, just match any of “YOUR NUMBERS” to any of the eight “WINNING NUMBERS” and win that prize. Uncover a “10X” multiplier symbol to automatically win 10 times that prize. Uncover a “20X” multiplier symbol and win 20 times that prize. Uncover a “Jackpot” symbol to win all 25 prizes automatically. Scratch off the three “Fast Spots” and uncover “50” to win $50, “100” to win $100, and “500” to win $500 instantly.

The winning doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the $5 Million Jackpot game comes with second chances to win the top prizes. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning $5 Million Jackpot Scratchers ticket codes 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 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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