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June 10, 2014

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June, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

What a Day for $200,000 Scratchers® Winner in Hawthorne


SACRAMENTO – Admit it. Most people aren’t thrilled when it comes to Mondays. That attitude no longer applies to Eric Jett, who now says, “I think that’s my new favorite day of the week!” You can’t really blame him. After all, the 38-year-old scored $200,000 on a California Lottery 20X The Money Scratchers ticket yesterday.

Eric said he had taken a break from his job selling home security systems, when he stopped at a store and plopped down $20 on ten $2 Lottery tickets. He scored a combined $60 on the various tickets. “I felt like I was playing with the casino’s money,” Eric said in justifying his decision to take those winnings and reinvest them on $5 Scratchers. One of the tickets was a $30 winner. But, he wasn’t done yet. Low and behold! Eric confessed that he nearly lost it when he realized his very last ticket hit the big one…a whopping $200,000! “I just kinda froze when I saw those winning numbers and then I let out a big yell.”

Eric wasted no time in claiming his ticket either. In less than two hours he had told his sister and his dad, had looked up information on the nearest Lottery District Office, and had high tailed it over to the Santa Fe Springs location to fill out the paperwork. That wasn’t enough time to formalize his plans for the money, but Eric says one thing is certain. “I’m just grateful and feel very blessed right now.”

Eric bought his ticket at Rockview Drive-In, which is located at 12402 South Inglewood Avenue in Hawthorne (Los Angeles County). Yes, he enjoyed a great day playing Lottery, but admits he may think twice about reinvesting any more of his prize winnings on the games. “I don’t know. I doubt I’ll ever get as lucky as I did today. I’m just grateful for today.” Happy Monday!

The 20X The Money Scratchers game is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for education. For information on how to play 20X The Money Scratchers, click 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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