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January 29, 2013

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January, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Winning MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Hacienda Heights Finally Claimed!


SACRAMENTO – We’ve been waiting quite a while for this, but a winning MEGA Millions ticket has finally been claimed. The ticket was sold in Hacienda Heights (Los Angeles County) for the draw on December 18, 2012. It was one of two sold for that draw that successfully matched five numbers, missing only the Mega number. Each winning ticket was worth $446,292.

One winner claimed his ticket the very next day. That left us to wonder, who had the other one? Now we know. There’s not just one other winner…try 16! The Hacienda Heights ticket was sold to a group of friends and family members who had formed a pool to buy tickets.

The group designated Jose Moreno as the person who would represent them in claiming their prize. The group bought the winning ticket at Market One Liquor, which is located at 16052 Gale Avenue in Hacienda Heights. It matched the numbers 7, 18, 29, 1, and 6, missing only the Mega number of 16.

Could you be next? The jackpot for tonight’s MEGA Millions draw is $12 million. What would your friends and family say if you were to win that? 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.

MEGA Millions is a multistate game, played in California and 43 other jurisdictions (41 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Players pick five numbers from 1 to 56 plus a Mega number from 1 to 46. Draw times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. PST. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s MEGA Millions 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 2, 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 94 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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