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San Leandro man earns $5 million jackpot from winning lottery ticket

Beth Torres

In a press release, the California State Lottery reported that a 7-Eleven convenience store in San Leandro had recently sold a jackpot prize ticket.

The ticket was for the Neon Cash Party scratcher game and was worth $5,000,000. The state lottery identified the lucky winner as lottery player Baltazar Hernandez-Jimenez.

“Be the Life of the Party”

The tag line for the Neon Cash Party scratcher game is “Be the Life of the Party.” After scoring the top prize of $5 million, the San Leandro winner could indeed live up to this motto.

The scratcher price for this game is $20 and offers players 29 chances to win prizes. Prize amounts range from the ticket price ($20) all the way up to the top prize of $5 million.

As of the publishing of this article, there are several top prizes still available. Five of the seven $5 million prizes are still up for grabs.

The second-place prize is $100,000. Ten of these prizes still remain and 111 prizes worth $10,000 have yet to be claimed.

Odds of winning a $5 million prize are 1 in 2,431,131, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.04.

Entering the “Second Chance” Drawing

With odds like those mentioned above, many players end up with a non-prize-winning ticket. Instead of tossing that ticket in the garbage, the California Lottery offers scratcher players a second way to win money.

It’s called a “Second Chance Drawing,” and like the name implies, it gives players another opportunity to win prizes from their losing tickets.

To win prizes from a Second Chance drawing, you’ll need to register for a California Lottery account. You’ll then submit the codes from your non-winning scratcher tickets.

Here’s the California Lottery’s explanation of the prizes you could win:

“Scratchers 2nd Chance - Your non-winning ticket gives you another opportunity to win up to $25,000 in a weekly draw. Every $1 you spend gives you 1 entry into 2nd Chance drawings. For instance, your non-winning $10 ticket gives you a 2nd Chance code for 10 entries.”

Scratchers are just one of many popular lottery games

Do you prefer scratchers to draw games like Mega Millions, Powerball, and Super Lotto? Feel free to let us know what your favorite lottery game is in the comments section.

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Thanks so much for reading and best of luck with all your lottery endeavors!

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