Lottery Players Winning Big in NorCal!
SACRAMENTO – Last month, one lucky California Lottery ticket matched five of six Mega Millions numbers to win a cool $3.2 million. We now know that lucky ticket belongs to not one player, but to a group of 10 co-workers, who fittingly refer to themselves as “The Lucky 10”. Debra Allen, Encie Lee, Telia Ford, Diana Origel, Brian Rose, Nicole McCarthy, Sara Gordon, Danielle Allen, Juan Arellano and Jeffrey Montrose walked into the California Lottery’s Sacramento District Office recently to claim their prize.
Debra Allen, who purchased the tickets for the group, told us she didn’t have her glasses on when she initially checked the tickets. So, when she scanned what turned out to be the winning ticket, Allen thought the group had only won $3,000. Out of excitement, she then called her daughter Danielle (who is also part of the winning group) and said, “I think we won $3,000!” Allen tells us she later stopped at another gas station to double-check the ticket -- only this time she had her reading glasses with her. That’s when she discovered the group had actually won a thousand times more: $3,238,814 to be exact!
The lucky ticket matched the numbers 59, 53, 23, 4 and 8, missing only the Mega number 17. Had they matched the Mega number, they would have won the estimated $421 million jackpot from the draw on March 23.
This Mega Millions ticket was sold at Bradshaw Shell located at 3591 Bradshaw Road in Sacramento. This Capital City business wins as well, because it’s receiving a retailer bonus worth $16,000 just for selling the winning ticket! (The retailer bonus is not subtracted from the winner’s jackpot prize.)
The Lucky 10 weren’t the only big winners in Northern California recently. Just days before his 60th birthday, Timothy Manuel won the top prize of $750,000 on a $10 Mystery Crossword Scratchers. Manuel said when he returned home he told his wife, “I think you need to sit down.” The happy couple said they will use the money to pay off some bills and just enjoy retirement when it comes
This lucky ticket was purchased at House of Liquors, which is located at 4742 Broadway in Salida (Stanislaus County).
These winners respectfully decline to speak with the media and declined to take a winner photo. No additional information about them will be released.
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 22,000 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.
This is all part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public education.
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.