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April 25, 2012

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April, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Nor Cal Lottery Winner is Thankful for Long Lines


Winner Gary Palmer

SACRAMENTO – Admit it, you have done it before – become frustrated while waiting in a long line.  A Greenbrae man has learned that patience can pay off. While waiting for an open pump at the gas station on Friday, Gary Palmer went into the store and purchased a bottle of water and a MEGA Millions® ticket. That ticket was one of two in California that matched five out of six numbers to win $274,356.

          Palmer couldn’t believe his eyes as he checked his numbers the following morning. “It went too easily. The numbers kept falling into place,” Palmer said. 

          His ticket successfully matched the numbers 33, 26, 14, 35 and 23, missing only the Mega number of 40. When asked if he is sad that he didn’t hit the jackpot, Palmer said “How can you be disappointed?” 

          Palmer purchased his lucky ticket at Chevron #1548, which is located at 301 Sir Frances Drake Boulevard in Greenbrae (Marin County). The other winning ticket was sold at Quik Stop #7085, which is located at 339 Williams Road in Salinas (Monterey County). It hasn’t been claimed.

          Since no one hit the jackpot on Tuesday either, the jackpot for Friday’s MEGA Millions draw will be $88 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.

          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.
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.  Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $24 billion to education.  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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