Group of 21 Veterans Wins $570,000 Mega Millions® Prize!
SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery is adding to its list of winners. And this time, it’s a group of veterans! The group won $570,123 playing Mega Millions last month after matching five of six numbers in the draw.
“I almost fainted,” said William Mason, Sr. the moment he realized they were big winners. The group is made up of 21 veterans from all branches of the military. They call themselves, “Who - Dat,” because of Mason’s love for the New Orleans Saints.
The winning ticket matched the following numbers from the May 4th draw: 10, 4, 12, 18, and 5, missing only the Mega number 21. It was purchased at the 76 gas station in Los Angeles, located at 11305 Santa Monica Boulevard.
When asked if this money was going to change his life, Mason replied with a laugh, “It would’ve been a big change if we would’ve got that (Mega number) 21!”
A total of four tickets, including Mason’s, matched five of six numbers from the May 4th draw. All four tickets split the $2,280,492 prize, which means each ticket is worth $570,123 (before federal taxes). Here’s a look at where the other three tickets were sold:
Primm Valley Lotto, located at I-15 and Stateline in Nipton (San Bernardino County).
Chevron in Riverside, located at 2200 Alessandro Boulevard.
76 gas station in Antioch, located at 4649 Golf Course Road.
We won’t know who the rest of the winners are until they claim their prizes, which they can do during normal business hours at any of our nine California Lottery District Offices.
Winners are strongly encouraged to sign the back of their tickets in ink, keep them in a safe place where they’ll remember and familiarize themselves with the Lottery’s Winners Handbook, which can be found here. And remember, you must have your original ticket when claiming any Mega Millions prize, so be sure you don’t forget and leave it at the store!
Mega Millions is played in 44 states (plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. PT. The draw closes at 7:45 p.m., so players must buy their tickets by then for that draw. Ticket sales resume (for the next draw) at 7:50 p.m. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 23,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s Mega Millions site for more information on how to play.
Mega Millions is a part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and most importantly, earn more money for California public schools!
The California Lottery is a $6 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the State’s General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2016-17, the Lottery created 83 new millionaires. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.