June 26, 2013 – The California Lottery reported yesterday that the winner of a $729,017 second-tier Mega Millions prize had come forward, and he told Lottery officials that the win was more than he ever expected.
Andrew Fair, a resident of Inglewood, Calif., told Lottery officials Monday that he thought he’d only won $7,000, approximately what the five winners who collected third-tier prizes walked away with after last Friday’s drawing.
But when he arrived at the Lottery’s Sante Fe Springs district office, officials there informed him that his ticket matching five white balls, but no Mega ball, was in fact worth more than 100 times that amount!
“Oh yes, [I’m] excited,” Andrew told the Lottery. He said he had initially planned on putting all of his winnings in the bank, but now he thinks he’ll use some of his prize to buy a house.
Fair purchased a Quick Pick ticket at an Inglewood gas station, and though he missed the Mega ball – number 3 – he was able to match the five white balls on the June 21 drawing.
Those numbers were 3, 14, 17, 40, and 50.
There were five other second-tier winners on Friday night’s drawing. One ticket from New Jersey and New York, and two from Illinios correctly matched the five white balls drawn.
Those winners can expect $250,000, the standard second-prize payout on Mega Millions. If any of them spent an extra $1 to add the Megaplier to their ticket, their prize will multiply by three – the Megaplier drawn that evening.
Fair collected almost three times the standard second-prize amount because of California’s pari-mutuel lottery system, which pays prizes out of a mutual betting pool, and bases payout amounts on the odds of winning at each tier.