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May 12, 2014

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May, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

$300,000 Mega Millions® Ticket Sold in Burbank Finally Claimed


SACRAMENTO – A few weeks ago we sent out a press release telling people to check their pockets, glove compartments, sock drawers or anywhere else they could think of, because they just might be sitting on a large chunk of change. Well, Tom Cohen did just that. On March 28th, Cohen successfully matched five out of six numbers to win a very sweet prize of $344,779. But it wasn’t until 45 days later that Cohen finally came in to claim his prize. 

Cohen admitted to us that he put the ticket in a drawer and just forgot about it. That was until he walked back into the very store where he purchased the ticket and saw a sign about a winning Mega Millions ticket sold there. Cohen went back home and checked his drawer and located the lucky ticket that sat there for over a month and a half. The ticket matched the numbers 2, 9, 50, 3 and 73, just missing the Mega number of 12.

Cohen purchased the ticket at Burbank Deli & Market, which is located at 1414 West Alameda in Burbank (Los Angeles County).

Mega Millions is played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). 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 on how to play. 

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