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August 27, 2013

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August, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Retiree is “Lucky for Life”


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SACRAMENTO – Joyce Ballard plays the Lottery regularly, but says she usually only wins around $10 on a single ticket. Well, all that quickly changed recently as the retired state worker purchased a $1 Lucky for Life Scratchers® ticket that turned out to be worth $650,000! When she saw the word “LIFE” on her ticket, Ballard said “I was absolutely shocked, I could only thank God for this blessing.”

Ballard, who chose the lump sum option of $375,000, said she plans on using her winnings to do some travelling with her husband and also help her niece through college.

Ballard purchased the winning ticket at Rainbow Donut, which is located at 3400 La Sierra Avenue in Riverside (Riverside County).

The California Lucky for Life Scratchers family is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for education. Games are available at the $1, $2, $5, and $10 price points. For more information about the game, payouts, and a demo on how to play, please click here.
The winning doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the California Lucky for Life games come with second chances to win the top prizes. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning California Lucky for Life Scratchers ticket code for a chance to win.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 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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