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September 11, 2012

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September, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Retired Dry Cleaner “Strikes it Rich” and Wins $250,000 Top Prize


SACRAMENTO – Joseph Soussan admittedly loves to gamble. He enjoys going to Vegas and playing the Lottery. He plays all Lottery games but really enjoys playing Scratchers® the most. He usually buys the $10 Scratchers games, but most recently he decided to change it up and try the $5 Strike It Rich game. This decision proved to be a good one – he won the $250,000 top prize!

Soussan went to the same gas station he always goes to and bought his lucky Lottery ticket – Barranca Shell located at 3720 Barranca Parkway in Irvine. When he scratched it, he couldn’t believe his eyes so he went back to the clerk and had him check it too. Then he went home and still didn’t believe his luck until his wife and daughter both confirmed the win. “I kept asking, ‘Are you sure?’” he explained.

Soussan says he really doesn’t know what he’ll do with the money yet, but said he might take his family out, “Maybe to McDonalds,” he joked!

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 Summer promotion! Each week between now and September 15, we’ll have a drawing from ALL eligible 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 $25 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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