IDABEL MAN WINS $20K PLAYING CASINO CASH
OKLAHOMA CITY (March 20, 2008) – James Coleman, a resident of Idabel, Oklahoma, won $20,000 on March 19 playing the Oklahoma Lottery’s Casino Cash Scratcher. He plans to pay bills with the money.
“This is the first time I have ever won anything in my life, and I am 47 years old,” Coleman said.
Coleman almost didn’t accept the winning ticket from the convenience store clerk where he purchased the ticket. As a personal rule, he doesn’t play the same Scratcher if he has just won a prize from that game. On this occasion, he had just won twelve dollars playing Casino Cash, so he picked out ten dollars worth of other tickets and told the clerk to pick his last ticket. The clerk chose Casino Cash and had already torn it from the dispenser. Coleman hesitated, but accepted the ticket anyway. He’s very glad he did.
Coleman has played the Lottery on a weekly basis since it launched in Oklahoma. He purchased his winning ticket at EZ Mart #189, located at 1115 E. Jackson St. in Hugo, Oklahoma.
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $175 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.
Proceeds are used statewide to supplement existing funds for a variety of important purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.