Woman wins $1 million off scratch ticket without actually scratching it
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One insanely lucky woman in California won the top prize of a scratch card without even scratching the ticket.
Cornelia Treichel-Rocque of Sacramento, California was one of three winners for the Cloud 9 scratch ticket according to a press release issued this week.
The lucky winner stated that she picked out her ticket at the Raley’s on South Lower Sacramento Road in Lodi, San Joaquin County, meaning the store will likely hang a banner proclaiming that a millionaire was made here.
“It’s funny, and this is also going to sound weird, but I bought that game because I liked the way it looked,” she said explaining how she came to pick the ticket.
"I buy the ones that catch my eye, and I don’t scratch them. Hey, what can I say, I’ve worked hard to get all my little quirks!”
While most of could not resist the urge to immediately scratch and see if we are winner of thousands or millions of dollars, Treichel-Rocque has her own method.
“I don’t scratch them. I scan them. It’s just quicker that way. And that’s how I found out I won,” She told the California lottery.
Treichel-Rocque was referring to the scanning devices that are at more than 23,000 California Lottery retail partner locations.
Treichel-Rocque explained how she initially didn’t believe she was a winner and took to scanning her ticket three times.
“I checked it three times. Twice one day and then I went back to Raley’s the next day and checked it again.”
Despite her massive winnings, Treichel-Rocque said she intends to continue playing the Scratchers game.
“The one I’m playing now is purple. That’s my favorite color and no I'm not scratching it.” she said joking about the latest game that has caught her eye.
While I can’t say I would do the same, some lottery winners have won big more than once.
The California Lottery stated that another individual, Jaime Medrano, won $1 the million dollar top prize from playing the Cloud 9 Scratchers game. His ticket was purchased at the Vons on Woodruff Avenue in Lakewood, Los Angeles County.
The Cloud 9 game cost $10 to play and hopefuls must match any of ‘your numbers’ to the winning numbers and they win that prize.
According to the California Lottery website for the game, only 2 of the 12 total $1 million prize tickets have been submitted.