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Modesto man wins $10 million just one minute after winning $1,000 in lottery scratcher

Rodney Meadows won $10 million from a California Lottery Scratcher after winning $1,000 moments earlier.

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Rodney Meadows was running errands when he decided to pick up a few lottery scratchers at the Fast Mart.

After a few quick swipes on one $30 ticket, he scored an easy grand.

Emboldened by his good fortune, the Modesto resident decided to “let it ride” and plunked down 90 bucks for another three tickets.

As Meadows rubbed his way through the scratchers, he stared in amazement: He was suddenly a millionaire.

According to California Lottery officials, Meadows is one of just four people to ever win $10 million playing a 30th Anniversary ticket.

Talk about luck.

“I could not believe it. I had to ask the clerk at the store, and he said, ‘You better check it again on the machine,’ ” Meadows told lottery officials of his Nov. 23 win.

Actually, lottery officials say the odds of winning big with a $30, 30th Anniversary scratcher are much better than with other games.

Meadows had a 1-in-3-million chance of winning the top prize with his scratcher, said lottery spokesman Greg Parashak. If he bought a $2 Powerball ticket, he faced 1-in-293-million odds of winning the jackpot.

Prior to his big windfall last week, Meadows had won $1,000 on two tickets in the past. He told lottery officials that he didn’t have any plans yet for his winnings.

The Modesto convenience store will get $50,000 for selling the winning scratcher, Parashak said.

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Rodney Meadows was running errands when he decided to pick up a few lottery scratchers at the Fast Mart.

California Lottery Celebrates 30th Anniversary With $30 Scratcher

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Feeling lucky enough to pick up a lottery scratcher? Anyone who’s feeling really optimistic might want to consider picking up one of the California Lottery’s new $30 scratchers.

The new scratchers were recently introduced to commemorate the California Lottery’s 30 th anniversary. The new tickets feature the California state bear and better overall odds than any other scratcher – 1 in 2.62, according to the California Lottery.

Sales of the commemorative ticket for the first three days of this week are already at $6.5 million, and sales just continue to grow as more of the California Lottery’s locations receive the new game, spokesman Alex Traverso said.

A couple of the locations that are already selling the ticket include the oft-lucky Bluebird Liquor store in Hawthorne and Fresh Donuts at 3220 W. Century Blvd. in Inglewood.

CBS2’s Kristine Lazar reports not everyone is thrilled at the new price for this top game.

Many customers she found were willing to pay that price. But gambling addition experts are scratching their heads.

“It’s just the chance you take,” said weekly lottery player Harriet Love.

She said the $30 price didn’t throw her at all.

“Not for $10 million,” she said.

(There are three $10 million tickets up for grabs, say lottery officials.)

Darryl Benton said the price was a little steep for him. Lazar asked him how his wife would feel if he purchased the $30 ticket.

“I don’t think I’d tell her,” he laughed.

Gambling addiction advocates aren’t laughing. They’re accusing the lottery of using its 30th anniversary to prey on people who are vulnerable.

The CA Council Problem Gambling stopped short of criticizing the new lottery game but Robert Jackson said in a statement, “It is known that people with gambling disorders develop a heightened tolerance over time and are prone to place larger wagers.

Feeling lucky enough to pick up a lottery scratcher? Anyone who’s feeling really optimistic might want to consider picking up one of the California Lottery’s new $30 scratchers. ]]>