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January 10, 2018

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January, 2018 | Southern California

Pair of Lucky California Lottery Scratchers® Winners Basking in Glow of Newfound Wealth!


SACRAMENTOBaixin Zhang works at a Southern California restaurant and can’t help but notice quite a few of his customers enjoy playing California Lottery Scratchers while they sit and enjoy their meals.

Zhang, who does not speak English, said (through a Chinese interpreter) that watching his customers so interested and happy playing Scratchers was all of the motivation he needed to go buy one for himself. So, during a lunch break, he walked to Li Fong Books in Alhambra (1283 E. Valley Blvd.) and bought a $10 Mystery Crossword Scratchers® game.

Would you believe he walked back to his restaurant $750,000 richer?! That’s right! He uncovered all 10 words needed to win the game’s top prize. He scanned his ticket on a Lottery Check-A-Ticket machine just to make sure his eyes weren’t deceiving him. Turns out, they were not!

“I was so excited and nervous at the same time. I have never seen so many zeros (referring to his $750,000 prize)!” he explained through his translator.

As for Elisa Nicolas, she became California’s latest instant millionaire after her $10 investment on a Million Dollar Multiplier Scratchers® paid off big-time! She won the top prize of $1 million. Her story even has a food connection!

Nicolas was out grocery shopping when she decided to stop at Michael’s Liquor in Downey (13421 Lakewood Blvd.) and purchased what turned out to be a very lucky game! “I went home and told my husband that I won. I was so excited, and he was quite surprised!” Nicolas said.

The winning doesn’t stop here! All California Lottery Scratchers come with a second chance to win another great prize of up to $25,000 during our weekly draw. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning Scratchers ticket code for a chance to win.

This is all part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public education.

The California Lottery is a $6 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the State’s General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2016-17, the Lottery created 83 new millionaires. Ninety-five 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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