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April 14, 2014

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April, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Expiring Gas Coupon leads to $200,000 Win in Tarzana


SACRAMENTO – It’s funny how life works sometimes – how a small, meaningless decision can change everything. Take Sandra Sugarman, for example. She was about to head home after work when she remembered she had a gas coupon that was about to expire. She pulled into a nearby Shell station to fill up and decided to buy a few Scratchers® tickets while she was at it. One of those tickets, a 20X The Money Scratchers, turned out to be a $200,000 winner!

“I think its fate,” said the 77-year-old. And really, what other explanation could there be? Especially considering Sugarman said her gas coupon was the only reason she decided to stop!

After filling up and purchasing her tickets, Sugarman went home and waited until after dinner to scratch her tickets. “When I was scratching it off I said, ‘Oh I won something. I’ll bet it’s five dollars,’” she explained. “The first thing I scratched was a two and I said, ‘gee this sounds good, twenty dollars,’ and I kept going and there was gobs of zeros. I was very excited.” She was so excited that when she called her daughter to share the good news she couldn’t stop screaming.

Sugarman plans to use part of the money to do some work on her house. She said she’ll invest and save the rest, “Just in case I live forever,” she joked.

The winning ticket was purchased at Shell Tarzana Lindley, which is located at 18101 Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana (Los Angeles County). You can get more information on how to play 20X The Money Scratchers by clicking here

The winning certainly doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the 20X The Money game comes with a second chance to win the top prize. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning 20X The Money Scratchers ticket codes for another chance to win. 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 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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