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December 27, 2011

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December, 2011 | Winners Stories | Southern California

$1 Million Winner in Bell Gardens


SACRAMENTO – This holiday season, the winning continues for lucky California Lottery players – especially those who play the Lottery’s first-ever $10 Scratchers game “$250 Million Cash Spectacular.” Just this morning another millionaire was made, as Rosa V. walked into the Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office with a $1 million top prize-winning $250 Million Cash Spectacular ticket in her hand. Rosa became the 16th instant $1 million winner since the ticket was launched.

The lucky ticket was purchased at Gage Liquor Jr. Market, which is located at 6700 East Gage Avenue in Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County). The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the top prize-winning ticket.

Sales of the Lottery’s first-ever $10 Scratchers game continue to be brisk, and with more sales come more big winners! There are still a whopping 15 instant $1 million prizes to be won out of the more than 10.6 million available prizes $250 Million Cash Spectacular offers. Since the ticket first went on sale on September 30, nearly 225,000 tickets purchased by California Lottery players have won a minimum of $100 or more. Of the total winning numbers, 15 tickets have won $50,000 prizes and 25 tickets have claimed $10,000 prizes.

The $250 Million Cash Spectacular 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 ticket features a unique holographic design and, in total, offers more than a quarter of a billion dollars in prizes. To play, simply match any of “Your Numbers” to any of the six “Winning Numbers” and win that prize. Uncover a “star” symbol and win $100 instantly. Uncover a “WIN” symbol and win all 20 prizes automatically! Overall game odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.50. Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1.2 million.

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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