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April 25, 2014

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April, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Wealth of Possibilities Following $1 Million Scratchers® Win in San Bernardino County!


SACRAMENTO – Every once in a while life throws things at you and you have to put your dreams on hold. Thanks to a huge win on a California Black Exclusive Scratchers ticket, Karen Garcia will finally get back to work on pursuing her goals.

The 23-year-old told us she had been taking classes at a community college, but had to scale back, way back, because she couldn’t juggle that and working overnights at her former job as a warehouse worker. Finally, there’s a glimmer of renewed hope. Garcia won $1 million on a CA Lottery ticket. “I started screaming,” Garcia said about the moment one her numbers matched a winning number. Right below that was a prize amount of $1,000,000! “I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was one of those fake tickets.” Oh, it’s real. You can see the winning ticket pictured below. Right next to that is a picture of Garcia, grinning from ear to ear, after claiming that ticket at a California Lottery District Office.

Who can blame her? Now, Garcia can focus on what this win could mean for her and her family. “It brings a little bit of calm to our house,” Garcia said. For one, she and her husband can buy their own home. They had been living with a family member. She’s also reimagining another long-term goal. “I can go on with school,” Garcia said. “I can go full time!”

The possibilities are endless due to this win and they aren’t confined to our lucky winner. The $10 ticket that reaped such fortune was sold at the Chevron located at 11285 Sierra Avenue in Fontana (San Bernardino County). The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling that ticket. Who’s next?

The California Black Exclusive Scratchers game 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, which features an almost all black motif with a touch of gold, offers a total of 24 top prizes of $1,000,000. For more information on how to play, click here.

And don’t forget, every non-winning ticket can be entered into our 2nd Chance Program for another try at becoming California’s latest millionaire! Just subscribe and submit any non-winning California Black Exclusive Scratchers ticket code for another chance to win.

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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