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Final Million Dollar Raffle Grand Prize Claimed! Group of Eight Wins $1 Million.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Today the final Grand Prize worth $1 million drawn in the California Lottery's Million Dollar Raffle was claimed by eight co-workers. All nine Raffle numbers worth $1 million each that were selected by the California Lottery lottery, scheme for distributing prizes by lot or other method of chance selection to persons who have paid for the opportunity to win. The term is not applicable when lots are drawn without payment by the interested parties to determine some matter, e.g.  on St. Patrick's St. Patrick's or Saint Patrick's may refer to:
  • Saint Patrick's Day, named after the saint
  • St. Patrick's Purgatory, an ancient pilgrimage in Lough Derg, County Donegal, Ireland
 Day, March 17, have now been claimed by the lucky winners.

The final $1 million Raffle Grand Prize was claimed by a group of eight Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  County co-workers lead by Sheryl Theroit. She purchased the winning Million Dollar Raffle number, 2424093, at ARCO ar·co  
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With a bow. Used chiefly as a direction to indicate the resumption of bowing after a pizzicato passage.

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 in Paramount. "When I realized we won, I called the office to tell them right away," said Theriot. "By the time I returned to work, everyone was waiting for me at the front door. Some were the other winners and the rest were co-workers who wanted to congratulate us!"

The first to claim a $1 million Grand Prize was Norman Weber Weber, river, United States
Weber (wē`bər), river, c.125 mi (200 km) long, rising in the Uinta Mts., N central Utah, and flowing north and northwest to join the Ogden River at Ogden. The combined stream flows to the Great Salt Lake.
 who purchased his ticket in Castro Valley Castro Valley, uninc. city (1990 pop. 48,619), Alameda co., W Calif., near San Francisco Bay. Chiefly residential, it also has light industries. . "I was looking through the paper to check the results when I realized I had one of the winning Raffle numbers," Weber said. "The funny thing is, at that very moment, I was calling the person who convinced me to buy a Raffle ticket in the first place. Talk about coincidences!" If that isn't enough, Weber spent $20 and took advantage of the Lottery's buy four Raffle numbers, get one free, promotion. It was that fifth and free Raffle number that netted Weber $1 million!

Robert Catena ca·te·na  
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, an Orange County business owner, came forward to claim his $1 million cash prize on behalf of a group of five. Catena discovered he was a Million Dollar Raffle Grand Prize winner when he checked the winning numbers Sunday morning Sunday Morning may refer to:
  • "Sunday Morning (radio program)", a Canadian radio program formerly aired on CBC Radio One
  • CBS News Sunday Morning, a television news program on CBS in the United States
  • Sunday Morning (TBS TV series)
 in his local newspaper. When asked if he had ever won anything else in his life, he replied, "The only other thing I have ever won was a bowling ball! This sure beats a bowling ball!"

Salvador Flores Flores, town, Guatemala
Flores (flōrəs), town (1990 est. pop. 2,200), capital of Petén department, N Guatemala. Flores was built on an island in the southern part of Lake Petén Itzá and on the site of the
 was the group leader of 32 other Southern California Gas This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article.  Company employees who purchased their winning Million Dollar Raffle number in San Bernardino San Bernardino, city, United States
San Bernardino (săn bûr'nədē`nō), city (1990 pop. 164,164), seat of San Bernardino co., S Calif., at the foot of the San Bernardino Mts.; inc. 1854.
. After checking his Raffle numbers on the California Lottery website he told his wife. "She almost fell off the treadmill when I told her I had won. She double-checked the numbers and was shocked to find out that the last Raffle number was the winning one," said Flores. Flores said that when he went to purchase the Raffle numbers, he initially was only going to buy 10 numbers, but changed his mind at the last minute and decided to buy 15 Raffle numbers. Of course, it was the 15th number turned out to be worth $1 million.

Linda Aguilar bought her $1 million Raffle ticket in Hacienda Heights Ha·ci·en·da Heights  

An unincorporated community of southern California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Population: 56,100.
 while celebrating a family member's birthday. Aguilar isn't sure what she'll do with her prize, but says, "I want to try to save all the dogs I can."
Below is a full list of winning $1 million Grand Prize Raffle numbers
and winners:

0158766   Cecilia Madrid    M & M Liquor         3122 N. Los Coyotes,
                                                 Long Beach
0167277   Sandra Hooper     LA Tobacco Inc.      3159 S. Hoover St.,
                                                 Los Angeles
0600421   Salvador Flores   Valencia Liquor      704 E. Highland Ave.,
0731408   Rose Hinkle       7-Eleven             2615 Carson St.,
1387496   Linda Aguilar     Casa Blanca          15922 E. Gale Ave.,
                            Mexican Restaurant   Hacienda Heights
1659513   Norman Weber      Bonfare Market       19125 Redwood Rd.,
                                                 Castro Valley
1868339   Robert Catena     Baycrest Liquor      333 E. 17th St.,
                                                 Costa Mesa
2344993   Gary Durian       Stater Bros          18526 Yorba Linda
                                                 Blvd., Yorba Linda
2424093   Sheryl Theriot    ARCO AM/PM           15900 Paramount Ave.,

The Million Dollar Raffle offered players the best odds of winning a million bucks ever offered by a California Lottery game. Nine Grand Prize winning Raffle numbers worth $1 million cash each were drawn on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, and four preliminary draws were held in which a total of 40 Raffle numbers worth $10,000 each were selected. For a full list of winning Raffle numbers and where they were sold visit:

The California Lottery contributes at least 34 cents of every dollar that players spend on Lottery products to public education. The Lottery contributed $1.28 billion to public education in 2005-06 out of sales of $3.58 billion, the sixth year in a row the Lottery has provided more than $1 billion in supplemental funding for education. Retailers won too, earning over $252 million in compensation last year selling Lottery products. Since its inception in 1985, the Lottery has contributed more than $18 billion to California schools.
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