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Forget MegaMillions, CA Lottery Prize Is Dinner at The French Laundry

The prize includes being picked up for dinner in one of the restaurant's "custom BMW cars."


The California Lottery's latest prize isn't a pile of cash, but instead a swanky dinner for two at chef Thomas Keller's revered Napa restaurant, The French LaundryAccording to the San Francisco Business Times, the California Lottery announced a new promotion on Monday called the "Ultimate Foodie Experience."

The announcement notes that the winner will receive an 18-course tasting menu (with wine pairings) at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant, as well as a two-night stay at a Napa Valley spa and resort. Plus, the winner will be picked up from the hotel in one of the French Laundry's "custom BMW cars" and Keller will give the winner a mysterious "special personal gift."

To win the promotion — which begins January 5 — participants must purchase the Lottery's Emerald 10's scratch-off card. Then they have to take a selfie showing the scratcher card and write a 500 word caption about who they want to share the dinner with and why. A spokesperson for the Lottery explained the motivation behind the prize noting that it's a great way to "celebrate California, our farm-to-fork movement and one of the world's best restaurants."

Winners may have to wait a while to cash in their ticket. The restaurant — which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year — will soon undergo renovations. The French Laundry is accepting reservations until December 23, after which it plans to close for six months.