One Month Since Drawing – Still Looking for Multi-Million Dollar Winner in San Diego County
SACRAMENTO – It seems hard to believe, but it’s now been one month since the enormous Mega Millions® draw that electrified the nation; and we are still waiting for a huge prize winner to come forward. They purchased the ticket in Chula Vista that matched five numbers, but missed the Mega number during the drawing on December 17. It was just one number away from hitting the $648 million jackpot that night, but it is still worth $2,621,916 to whoever bought it! You heard right, $2.6 million and we still don’t know who has it!
Here’s what we do know. This ticket was sold at Square Bottle Liquor, which is located at 21 Naples Street in Chula Vista. It successfully matched the numbers 8, 20, 14, 17 and 39, missing only the Mega number 7. The winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. Regardless of whether anyone ever brings that ticket in, the store ownership will receive a retailer bonus of one half of one percent of the prize amount, or around $13,000, for selling a prize-winning draw ticket of more than $1 million.
You’ll remember there was another ticket sold in San Diego County that also matched five numbers. Two women came forward to claim that one. Jennifer Carney and Kathryn Rosensweet pooled their money to buy tickets at Fuller Liquor and Deli, which is located at 3896 Rosecrans Street in San Diego. They won $2.6 million too, which they will split between themselves. They say they look forward to paying off and remodeling each of their homes.
California’s biggest winner that night has also claimed his prize. Steve Tran bought a ticket in San Jose that hit the jackpot. He split the top prize with another jackpot winner in Georgia.
Now the focus is back on San Diego County and this multi-million dollar unclaimed ticket. Perhaps the winner hasn’t gotten around to even checking his/her tickets. Perhaps they know they have the winning ticket and are just making us wait. Who knows? If you do discover that you have a big win, we strongly encourage Lottery winners to immediately SIGN THE BACK OF THEIR TICKETS IN INK and claim them at the nearest California Lottery District Office Locations. The one closest to where this ticket was sold is the San Diego District Office, which is located at 5656 Ruffin Road in San Diego. The office phone number is (858) 492-1700.
IF this ticket is never claimed, the unclaimed prize money will go to support California public schools. More than $22 million went unclaimed in California during the last fiscal year.
The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 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.