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Mega Millions Jackpot Won in California

April 6, 2014 – For the third time in as many weeks a lucky Mega Millions ticket matched all six numbers to win the jackpot.  Friday night, a Mega Millions player in California won an estimated $30 million jackpot prize. The winning numbers drawn Friday were 1, 10, 15, 41, 54 and the Mega Ball was 9.  The Megaplier number drawn was 2x, so players who added the Megaplier option to their tickets and won a prize will receive double the normal prize value. The jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at a Century City gas station on Santa Monica boulevard in Los Angeles, Calif.  The winner – or winners – will have their choice between the estimated $30 million annuity prize or the cash option, which is worth about $16 million before taxes. Another big winner in California matched the first five numbers drawn to win a second prize.  Because California pays Mega Millions prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, where non-jackpot prize values will vary based on the number of players and winners, that second prize is worth about $233,000 before taxes. One ticket sold in Georgia also matched the first five numbers to win a $1 million second prize. There were 26 winners who matched four white numbers and the Mega Ball to win third prizes, including two players who added the Megaplier option to their tickets.  Those two players won $10,000 prizes; the other 24 third-prize winners will receive $5,000 prizes. Altogether there were nearly 1.3 million winning Mega Millions tickets Friday night, earning players more than $4.5 million in prize money.  About 150,000 players added the Megaplier option to their tickets and won more than $500,000. The $30 million jackpot win is the third in three weeks, following a $20 million prize won in New York on March 25 and a $414 million prize split by Florida and Maryland winners March 18. Tuesday night’s jackpot has reset to its $15 million starting point, with a cash value worth about $8 million. Players...

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$425 Million Powerball Jackpot Winner Claims Prize

April 2, 2014 – It’s been seven weeks since one California player won the largest Powerball prize ever in the state, a $425.3 million jackpot prize.  On Tuesday, the lucky winner came forward to claim his ticket. B. Raymond Buxton turned $2 into $425 million on the Feb. 19 Powerball drawing, and said it was no mistake that he came forward on Tuesday, April Fool’s Day. After consulting advisers and gathering a team to help him handle his incredible windfall, Buxton wanted to wait for April 1 to claim his prize because it would be funny.  He even wore a special shirt for the occasion – a t-shirt featuring Yoda that read “Luck of the Jedi I have.” But it took a while for Buxton to believe the whole thing wasn’t a joke.  “‘Unbelievable!’ is all I could muster,” he told California Lottery officials and members of the media Tuesday. “I sat in front of the computer for hours in disbelief, frequently checking and rechecking the numbers across multiple sources.  Once the initial shock passed I couldn’t sleep for days,” Buxton said. Once the shock passed, Buxton assembled his team of legal and financial advisers and, before Tuesday, told nobody else that he had won California’s largest-ever Powerball jackpot. “Sitting on a ticket of this value is very scary,” he said.  “It’s amazing how a little slip of paper can change your life.” The big win will change more lives than just Buxton’s though.  He said Tuesday that he plans to use some of his winnings to set up a “charitable foundation focused on areas of pediatric health, child hunger and education.” He said he’ll also travel, and hopefully, now that the secret is out and Buxton’s plan is set, he can get some sleep. Buxton chose to take the lump-sum cash option for his prize, which is worth about $242 million before federal taxes....

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San Francisco Taxi Driver Picks Up $2 Million

March 21, 2014 – Tuesday night’s drawing for an estimated $414 million Mega Millions jackpot found two top winners, but made a lot of new millionaires in the process.  Mahendra KC, a 50-year-old San Francisco taxi driver, was one of them. KC, a 50-year-old man from Nepal, matched the first five of Tuesday’s six winning Mega Millions numbers.  The winning numbers were 11, 19, 24, 33, 51 and the Mega Ball was 7. Just the Mega Ball number kept KC from winning a share of the more-than-$400 million jackpot, but he and his family are happy enough as millionaires anyway. KC’s daughter, Chandani, told California Lottery officials it’s a “life-changing situation,” for the family. “Now whatever dreams we had all together as a family, they’re going to be true,” Chandani said. Amazingly, KC bought those dreams with just a single dollar – the taxi driver stopped at a liquor store in San Bruno, Calif. and bought only one Mega Millions ticket, proving the adage that it only takes one ticket to win big. Chandani and KC’s son Niranjan were on hand at the California Lottery’s claims center to help translate for their father.  Niranjan told Lottery officials the family planned to use the money for important bills. Along with paying school loans, the nearly $2 million windfall will help pay for treatments for KC’s chronic heart problems, and the family also hopes to secure organ transplants for their...

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Powerball Jackpot Claimed in Calif.

March 19, 2014 – Last week, while the Mega Millions jackpot was still growing towards $400 million, California’s newest Powerball jackpot winner headed into the California Lottery’s headquarters to collect his prize. Joseph Saxer won his $60 million Powerball jackpot on the March 1 drawing, only about a week after another California player also won a jackpot prize. That winner, who had the only winning ticket on the Feb. 19 drawing, has yet to come forward and claim her $425 million jackpot. According to a press release from the California Lottery, Saxer arrived at Lottery headquarters last week and said that his $60 million win would not change him at all. Lottery officials offered as proof of that statement Saxer’s own explanation of how he and his wife celebrated the big win. “I took my wife to Carl’s Jr. and we got a buy-one-get-one-free of the, what they call the ‘Philly Cheese’,” Saxer said.  “We shared a Coke then went back home.” Along with Saxer there were seven other new millionaires made in the March 1 drawing, including four players who won $2 million playing Powerball with Power Play. It’s probably a safe bet that Saxer’s was the most modest of all the new millionaire’s celebrations. The California Lottery did not say whether Saxer took the $60 million annuity prize or chose the cash option for his jackpot, which would be worth about $34...

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SuperLotto Plus “Grand Opening” Draw Next Week

March 10, 2014 – The California Lottery’s “Grand Opening” second-chance promotion is drawing to a close.  The promotion helped SuperLotto Plus fans ring in the New Year with an extra chance to win big playing SuperLotto Plus. The Lottery began accepting entries into their Grand Opening second chance promotion Jan. 3, and in one week, on St. Patrick’s Day, the Grand Opening drawing will decide the winner of one grand prize worth $500,000. The drawing will also name four first-prize winners who will each receive $25,000 prizes. The Grand Opening promotion is an extra second chance for players who are already taking advantage of the weekly SuperLotto second-chance drawings the Lottery began conducting late in November. Players who enter the codes from their non-winning SuperLotto Plus tickets into the weekly drawing will automatically be entered into the Grand Opening draw for their chance at half a million bucks. And while the big prizes offered in the Grand Opening promotion are eye-catching, players can win big in the weekly drawings as well. Each week the Lottery names five winners for the SuperLotto second chance prizes, and each prize is worth $15,000. To enter into the weekly Second Chance drawing – and automatically entered into the Grand Opening drawing – players must sign in or register with the California Lottery’s player loyalty program. Players receive one entry into the weekly drawing for every $1 played on a SuperLotto Plus ticket.  Each ticket prints with a unique code on the bottom; tickets with multiple plays will still have just one code – it will still be worth 1 entry per $1. Players can enter their codes through the SuperLotto Plus second chance webpage.  The entry deadline for the Grand Opening drawing will be 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time next Monday, March 17.   Photo Credit: Aaron Pruzaniec.  Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0...

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California Jackpot Ticket sold in Lucky Retailer Hotspot

Feb. 20, 2014 – The winner of Wednesday night’s $425 million Powerball jackpot remains unidentified , but reporters have descended on the Chevron gas station where the winning ticket was sold to interview the lucky retailers. And, in a surprising coincidence, that Chevron gas station sits in a what has recently been a hotbed of lucky lottery players. Just 12 miles away is Jenny’s Gift Shop, the lottery retailer that in December sold one of two winning tickets that spit the second-highest Mega Millions jackpot ever, a $648 million prize. The other jackpot winning ticket from that Dec. 17 drawing was sold in Georgia.  Winner Ira Curry claimed her prize from the Georgia Lottery less than 24 hours after hitting the jackpot, while the California jackpot winner took a few weeks to come forward. Why?  Because the California winner, Steve Tran, forgot about his ticket. Tran told reporters after coming forward that he woke at 3 a.m. weeks after the drawing, finally remembering that he’d bought a ticket during a trip to San Jose. Somewhat similar is the current situation at the Chevron gas station where Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot winner was sold.  According to the San Jose Mercury News, Kulwinder Singh, who owns the Chevron, still has no idea that the winning ticket was sold at his store. For selling the winning ticket, Singh will receive a $1 million commission from the lottery, but as he was traveling to India he likely won’t hear of his own good luck for at least a few hours. Reporters spoke with Singh’s son Parmeet Thursday morning, who told Mercury News that his father “has no idea.” “It’s going to be something to hear: ‘Hey, you won $1 million,'” Singh said.  ...

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