Most people who play the California Lottery buy their tickets at convenience stores -- just a few feet away from displays of beef jerky, doughnuts and potato chips.
But the winner of the lottery's newest promotion will soon be dining on Michelin-starred cuisine -- 18 courses' worth of extravagant ingredients, plus paired wines -- at The French Laundry, the Wine Country restaurant owned by acclaimed chef Thomas Keller.
Yes, lottery officials have officially joined the California food revolution.
"Throughout our history, the California Lottery has offered our players a variety of prizes that gives them additional opportunities to win big," Russ Lopez, the deputy director of corporate communications, said Monday in a statement. "What better way to celebrate California, our farm-to-fork movement and one of the world's best restaurants than to offer them the ultimate The French Laundry experience. If you love food, then buy a ticket, take a chance and join the ultimate 'foodie' club!"