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September 19, 2012

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September, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

$1 Million Scratchers® Win Inspires Player to do Good Deeds


SACRAMENTO – John Jackson is a genuinely nice guy. He was excited when he won $100 on the $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers game, but he could hardly believe his eyes when he saw that he won the $1 million top prize! He ran his ticket through the Check-a-Ticket a few times and then showed it to the clerk, but it was what he did next that makes him such a nice guy. Jackson went to the ATM, withdrew $400,  and then gave the clerk the $100 winning ticket and the $400 cash.

Jackson, who is a building contractor, then went to work where he couldn’t contain his excitement. He explains, “I had a meeting and I had to share my news and then all my guys were there so we had a big group hug.” Again, his next act qualifies him as a nice guy – “When they asked if they could have the day off, I told them ‘No’ but that I would pay them double for the day, and I will!”

Jackson purchased his ticket at the Chevron located at 601 Vista Del Mar in El Segundo (Los Angeles County). Chevron will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

With his winnings, Jackson plans to begin “working for himself” and buying spec homes, remodeling and selling them to make a profit. He and his wife also want to buy their own home and possibly take a cruise to the British West Indies or Hawaii – or both!

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 $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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