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June 29, 2012

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June, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Octogenarian Becomes Newest Set For Life Millionaire


SACRAMENTO – Leona Starman is an octogenarian anyone would remember meeting. She’s outgoing, gregarious and funny! Recently, after winning the $2 million top prize on the California Lottery’s Set For Life Scratchers® game, she basically put on a comedy show for the District Office staff.

Starman is retired from the Alameda Naval Air Station where she was a sheet metal worker for the airplanes. “I worked on airplanes, airplane parts, whatever was needed…but I didn’t change tires,” she explained. Starman scratched her ticket right away and when she saw “LIFE” on the ticket, she says, “I didn’t know what that meant, but I thought it might be something good, so I signed it right away.”

Starman purchased her ticket at Quik Stop, which is located at 505 A Street in Hayward (Alameda County). She doesn’t go there often, but needed milk and since she plays the Lottery “every chance she gets,” she picked up two Scratchers tickets while visiting. What will she do with her windfall? She says she’ll “spend it,” possibly buying a new roof for her house, maybe a new lawn and a paint job for her current car because she doesn’t want a new one.  When asked about a vacation, she said, “I don’t fly. I used to work on planes and that’s why I don’t fly!”

Set For Life is a $5 Scratchers game. Overall odds of winning are 1 in 3.90. Cash odds are 1 in 5.92.

The retailer will receive a bonus check of $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

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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