Wednesday Sep 12 2012
$20,000 scratch-off ticket sold at Dutch Flat station
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
Winner is from New York
A lucky winner hit the jackpot at the Dutch Flat 76 station Sunday morning. According to Sierra Energy store manager Barbara Blansett, quite a bit of excitement followed when an out-of-state woman took a chance on a scratch-off ticket that earned her $20,000. “Mary Kay,” who did not want to give her last name to Blansett, was on her way back to Lake Placid, N.Y. with her husband. They stopped at the small truck stop, where she purchased a Money Multiplier California Lottery scratcher ticket and left the store. “She came back in the store and asked for help checking her scratcher, because she was unsure if it was a winner or not,” Blansett said. “I directed her to check it at the counter. She was having a problem checking it so I tried to help her at the counter scanner.” Because Blansett couldn’t get results either, she scanned the ticket at the main terminal and it “spit out the news” when it indicated that it was unable to pay because it exceeded the cash limit. “That’s when we realized it was $20,000 winner,” Blansett said. “We were all very excited.” While other retailers can pay instant winnings of up to $500, Blansett said, the Dutch Flat store’s limit is $100. Blansett, who lives in Alta and has worked at several locations that offer California Lottery games since they began in 1985, said Sunday’s $20,000 ticket was the largest she’d ever handled. “I’ve never seen one this big before. Now, I’ve seen a $20,000 scratcher; we know they do exist,” she said. Blansett said the Money Multiplier is a $2 scratch-off ticket; other games can be purchased for $1, $5 or $10. “This was the most on that particular game you could win,” she said. According to the California Lottery website, the odds of winning a Money Multiplier $20,000 prize is 1 in 600,000. As of Tuesday, of the 30 available tickets with the top prize, 11 were listed as claimed and 19 were still available.