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College Student Wins Season Tickets From Scratch-Off Game

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    In news vaguely reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, WOAI San Antonio has reported that a San Antonio college student has been revealed as the winner of season tickets for the 2010 season, one of four grand prizes of the sort via a losing Dallas Cowboys scratch-off ticket.

    After purchasing the losing ticket, Israel P. Rodriguez, a student at the University of the Incarnate Word, filled out the back, per the instructions. A short time later, he got a call.

    "This is a fake," Rodriguez told the caller. "I asked him repeatedly if this was a joke. But he kept insisting. And when he gave me directions to the San Antonio Claim Center and instructions about what to do, it hit me that he wasn't faking."

    The tickets, released in August, boast cash prizes of up to $100,000 and come (see photo) decked out in exhilarating blues and silvers. The second-chance prizes include hotel accommodations and airfare to an away game, Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars tickets, private tours of JerryWorld and, as Rodriguez so delightfully discovered, season tickets.

    The state lottery commission will hold three more drawings, giving scratch-off buyers sufficient cause to fight the urge to tear up a losing ticket. I know, it's hard.