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April 16, 2018

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April, 2018 | Southern California

$750,000 ‘Impossible Dream’ Comes True for Small Town Kern County Winner


SACRAMENTO – It will be impossible to ever know whether a good deed turned into an “impossible dream” come true for one Kern County lottery player. All Michael Forsberg knows is he gave a man, who looked like he was down on his luck, $6 before walking into a Ridgecrest mini mart. Forsberg would end up walking out holding a California G0ld Scratchers® ticket worth $750,000! 

An hour later after he scratched his ticket at home, he returned to the retailer (Ed’s Mini Mart & Gas, 1400 N Norma St., #101) to have it scanned. “I did not know if it was a real ticket or a joke or was I looking at it wrong?” Forsberg recalled.  

Forsberg says he won a not-so-shabby $10,000 about seven years ago playing the California Lottery. There’s no question he’s on a small-town roll! “It’s unbelievable. I’m still nervous and shaking like a dog.” Speaking of which: “My dog (“Cali”) came over wanting her treats. I showed her the (winning) ticket, but she didn’t care!” Forsberg joked. 

“I call this an impossible dream, even though I knew deep down inside I’d win (a huge amount of money) someday. It’s going to solve a lot of things. Paying off everything will be great,” Forsberg said. “It’s just too bad it’s not seven hundred fifty million dollars. Maybe I should try again!” 

Michael Forsberg agreed to share his story but declined any potential requests for media interviews or to take a winner photo. No additional information about him can be released.  

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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