Pico Rivera lottery winners donate to El Rancho High School

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A Pico Rivera couple that won a $266 million lottery last year announced Tuesday they’re giving some of that money to college-bound students in that community.

Jacki and Gilbert Cisneros are giving $1.25 million for college scholarships to students of El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera. A year from now, 50 students will get $2,500 scholarships each to help pay for their four-year degrees.

Jacki Cisneros was working as an overnight news producer at NBC4 in L.A. and her husband Gilbert was unemployed when they struck it rich last year with a Mega Millions jackpot.

Both are college grads with deep roots in Pico Rivera. They’ve already donated to their college alma maters – USC and George Washington University.

The National Hispanic Scholarship Fund will administer the Pico Rivera scholarships. It says the money will also fund college outreach to parents in the working class city.

The group has embarked on a national program called Generation 1st Degree. The aim is to triple the percentage of Latinos with college degrees from the current 19 percent – and to do it in the next 15 years.