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September 12, 2012

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September, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Los Angeles Woman “Thankful” for $2 Million Set For Life Ticket


SACRAMENTO – Virginia Ellison was going about her day in her normal routine, stopping at the 7-Eleven like she always does to buy her Lottery tickets. The clerk even tried to flirt with her that morning, telling her she was “so pretty,” but she had no time for that. “Just give me those two Set For Life tickets, I need to go,” she said.

A few minutes later, while at a stop sign, she scratched them and when she realized she won the $2 million top prize, she explained, “I raised my hand and said, ‘Thank you Jesus,’ and I started crying!” Ellison pulled over, called her husband, calmed down and went to work like nothing had even happened. “I stayed calm all day,” she said, not telling any of her co-workers of her good fortune. Her husband then interrupted her by saying “but she didn’t get much sleep last night – I did, but she didn’t.”

Ellison loves playing the Lottery and makes sure she has a MEGA Millions® and SuperLotto Plus® ticket for every draw, but on days where those games don’t have a draw, she plays Scratchers®. Ellison’s lucky ticket featured a “LIFE” symbol to automatically win $100,000 a year for 20 years! She isn’t sure how she will spend her prize, but says she will take care of her church and family. 

Ellison bought her lucky ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 11143 Venice Boulevard in Culver City (Los Angeles County). The retailer will receive a bonus check of $10,000 for selling the winning ticket. Set For Life is a $5 Scratchers game. Overall odds of winning are 1 in 3.90. Cash odds are 1 in 5.92.

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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