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February 23, 2018

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February, 2018 | Northern California

Contra Costa County Man Claims Multimillion-Dollar Win


SACRAMENTO – Jose Meza loves playing Scratchers®, so the long-time lottery player was ecstatic after recently winning $200 on a ticket. So, what do you think he did? He used part of that win to purchase a $20 Crossword Deluxe Scratchers. Meza’s lucky streak continued when that ticket matched 10 words to earn him the top prize of $2 million!

“It can’t be,” Meza said to himself. After revealing the 10 words, he went to a Lottery retailer and used the Check-A-Ticket scanner to verify his win. Meza was in such disbelief that on his way home he stopped at a gas station to scan the ticket one more time. And sure enough, it was a big winner.    

The lucky ticket was purchased at Smoke Stop, which is located at 50 Sandcreek Road, Suite #26 in Brentwood. Due to the amount of this prize, the store is set to receive a retailer bonus of $10,000 from the Lottery just for selling that winning ticket. (The retailer bonus is not subtracted from the winner’s jackpot prize.)

California’s newest millionaire said he plans on using his winnings to buy a house and pay for his kids’ schooling. 

Crossword Deluxe is a $20 game and part of the California Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners, and most importantly, earn more money for California public schools.

 And there’s another way to win with Crossword Deluxe Scratchers. The Lottery’s 2nd Chance Program offers players a chance at weekly cash prizes of up to $25,000. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning Scratchers ticket code for a chance to win. A total of $100,000 will be given away every week 

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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