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November 29, 2015
Many people dream that they might some day strike it rich. On Saturday a Selma man’s dream became a reality. Jesus Sanchez won the biggest prize you can get on a $10 California Lottery Silver & Gold Scratchers ticket – an impressive $1 million before taxes!
“I’m a hard worker,” Sanchez said while describing what he does for a living…driving farm equipment. He told us it’s a good job and he certainly plans to keep working. But because of this win, some things are likely to change. “I’d like to buy a house for my family, and maybe, maybe, why not have a business,” Sanchez said. He couldn’t even begin to describe any detail about what they might look for in a house, because it was something they never imagined that they could afford. “No, no, no!” Sanchez said. “Because the money we make is not enough.”

Sanchez has been playing the lottery for years. He’s won $500 before, but nothing compares to the exact moment when he sat at his kitchen table last weekend and discovered a moneybag symbol on his ticket. That was just the beginning. He then scratched the space beneath that symbol to reveal his prize. “When I saw the amount, I couldn’t believe it,” Sanchez said.

You can see his actual winning ticket posted below. The win is on the second line. “I’m even more excited right now than that day,” Sanchez told us after he arrived at the Lottery’s Central Valley District Office in Fresno to begin the claim process. The 44-year-old then described a hard rush of emotion after presenting the valuable ticket to the proper personnel. “I was becoming more nervous,” Sanchez said. “I was seeing my dreams becoming more true.”

Sanchez bought that lucky ticket at La Estrella Market, which is located at 2345 Whitson Street in Selma (Fresno County). That retailer will receive a bonus of $5,000 from the Lottery just for selling that winning ticket.

Like all Lottery Scratchers games, the $10 Silver & Gold Scratchers also come with a second chance to win a great prize. Simply enter any non-winning ticket into the Lottery’s 2nd Chance Program for a chance to win up to $25,000. Players enter those non-winning Scratchers tickets on our website and are automatically entered into the weekly pool drawing. A total of $100,000 will be given away every week. There are additional promotional draws for certain games.
It’s 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 $5.5 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 2014-15, the Lottery created 100 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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