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April 16, 2013

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April, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

California’s First Million Dollar POWERBALL® Ticket is Claimed


SACRAMENTO – Tom Ngumi had a Monday morning unlike any other. Just minutes after getting off work after a long 12-hour work shift, Ngumi found out he was California’s first million dollar POWERBALL winner! Ngumi was still in shock yesterday morning as he walked into the California Lottery’s Santa Ana District office to claim his prize.
On his way home from work Monday morning, Ngumi stopped at a local market as he usually does to grab some lottery tickets. That’s when the store clerk informed him that the store had sold a winning POWERBALL ticket worth over a million dollars. Ngumi then scanned his POWERBALL ticket, but couldn’t believe what he was seeing; the machine read $1,306,323! Ngumi told us he “almost fainted” when he saw those numbers pop up on the machine.

When asked what he was going to do with his winnings, Ngumi said he would like to “buy his mother a house and just think about the rest later.” We also asked how it felt to be California’s first million dollar POWERBALL winner, and Ngumi responded, “I’m just really excited.”

The lucky ticket was purchased at 17 Food Store, which is located at 6522 Stanton Avenue #A in Buena Park (Orange County). The ticket successfully matched the numbers 10-57-31-12-56, missing only the Powerball number of 33.
No one matched all six numbers in Saturday night’s draw, so Wednesday’s POWERBALL jackpot is an estimated $80 million. The estimated cash value is $51.6 million.
The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, keep tickets in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.

POWERBALL is a multistate game, played in California and 44 other jurisdictions (42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Players pick five numbers from 1 to 59 plus a POWERBALL number from 1 to 35. Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 PM to 7:05 PM the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s POWERBALL site for more information. 

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 1, or via our website at

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 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.

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