"I was so happy. I was elated. I felt all kinds of emotions,” said Judith Tate after winning the biggest prize in Scratchers Replay history. Tate, a San Jose retiree, became a millionaire in early October when she purchased a scratchers ticket from Ron’s Liquors in San Jose. Tate entered her non-winning ticket into Lottery Replay in honor of the Lottery’s 25th anniversary and won.
Tate was surprised with the good news when she was escorted to Ron’s Liquors in San Jose, thinking that she had won a small prize. When she got there, she was greeted by flashing cameras, cheers from customers and friends and a $1 million check. Tate was stunned to realize that she had won the Lottery Replay jackpot.
During the celebration Tate was presented with an oversized check from Lottery Director Joan Borucki and even got to cut the Lottery’s 25th anniversary cake.
Tate plans to use the money to help her children, send her granddaughter to college and to travel. Tate’s son, William, said that the prize could not have gone to a nicer person. “She’s a very giving person,” said William. “She’s always helped everybody.” Tate has always wanted to travel to New York to see the Statue of Liberty - and now she can.
Tate became the latest in a long line of millionaires created by the Lottery during its 25 years of operations. And with a long future ahead and the Scratchers Lottery Replay there will surely be many more winners to come.