Jesus Champion of Woodville is among 10 people to win a share of $18.6 million this month playing the California Lottery
TULARE COUNTY – The median income in Woodville is just $14,000 but one local man is worth more than 50 times that.
Jesus Champion of Woodville won $750,000 this month after purchasing a $10 Mystery Crossword Scratchers ticket, according to a recent statement issued by the California Lottery. He purchased the winning ticket at Woodville Liquor, located at 16768 Avenue 168 in Tulare. Just up the valley, Carlton Williams won $750,000 on a similar ticket in Sacramento County after purchasing a $10 ticket at an Arco station.
Those drawing the winning tickets aren’t the only ones who benefit from the state lottery. Purchasing lottery tickets provides essential revenue to more than 23,000 local businesses that sell them. This money directly helps local businesses—most of which are independently-owned by entrepreneurs trying to stay afloat during these difficult times.
The primary function of the lottery is providing supplemental funding to the state’s public schools, colleges and universities. The funds the Lottery transfers to public education totaled approximately $1.8 billion for fiscal year 2018-19, which amounts to a modest percentage of education’s overall budget. However, this funding is largely non-discretionary, meaning schools can use this for important, yet unfunded instructional programs they would otherwise not afford. During the same period the Lottery generated almost $7 billion in sales, more than 95% of which goes back to the community in the form of prize payments, retailer commissions and bonuses, and contributions to education.
Champion and Williams were just two of the 10 people who won a share of $18.6 million paid out in winning tickets this month.
Starting in Southern California, Avrahom Orloff had the ultimate win after taking home the top prize of $10 million playing an Ultimate Millions Scratchers ticket. That winning ticket was purchased at Redondo Market, which is located at 5156 West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles (Los Angeles County).
Sylvia Rosas claimed a $2 million prize. Her winning Instant Prize Crossword Scratchers was purchased at Oasis Agua. The store is located at 624 East Holt Avenue in Pomona (Los Angeles County). Cindy Osorio won $1 million playing a Pac-Man Scratchers. This lucky ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven located at 5700 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles (Los Angeles County).
Evelyn Pizzuto and Luis Simental are both still in the holiday spirit, even in February. That is because they each won the top prize of $1 million playing Merry & Bright Scratchers tickets. Pizzuto’s winning ticket was purchased at the Von’s located at 745 West Naomi Avenue in Arcadia (Los Angeles County). Simental’s ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven located at 6586 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys (Los Angeles County).
Michael Graf won $1,118,426 by matching five of the six numbers in the Mega Millions draw on November 10, 2020. The lucky ticket was purchased at Primm Valley Lotto, which is located at I-15 and Stateline in Nipton (San Bernardino County).
Further up the coast, Ca Windhousen scored $1 million on a Million Dollar Multiplier Scratchers. The ticket was purchased at Cayucos Market located at 301 South Ocean Avenue in Cayucos (San Luis Obispo County).
In Northern California, John O’Sullivan won the top prize when he played the $10 Cash Bonus Scratchers ticket. O’Sullivan bought his ticket at Bethel Market located at 6235 Bethel Island Road in Bethel Island (Contra Costa County). Eng Ea scored the top prize of $2 million on the popular $20 Instant Prize Crossword Scratchers ticket she purchased at Rocklin Mini Mart, which is located at 4505 Pacific Street in Rocklin (Placer County).
The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly. Problem gambling resources are available to anyone at 1-800-GAMBLER.