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April 4, 2013

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April, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Self-Proclaimed Coffee Addict Claims MEGA Millions® Ticket Worth $264,000


Manuel Chio 440

SACRAMENTO – Manuel Chio likes coffee, in fact, he likes it a lot! He likes it so much that he goes to Daily Donuts several times a week to have coffee, and buy his Lottery tickets, of course. Last week, his coffee obsession paid off to the tune of $264,531 after his ticket correctly matched five out of six numbers from the MEGA Millions draw on March 29, 2013.

Chio says when he walked into Daily Donuts, which is located at 18766 Amar Road in Walnut (Los Angeles County), the clerk told him to check his tickets because someone had purchased a winning ticket at their shop. Chio checked his first ticket and it said, “Not a winner,” but the next one said, “File a claim.” Not trusting his own eyes, he checked it again and then he knew he was the big winner! His ticket successfully matched the numbers 25-31-46-53-36, missing only the Mega number of 21.

He says he plans to pay off bills and save the rest. Chio said he wants to use this money to make sure that he and his wife of 31 years have, “No worries.”

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. 

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