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September 18, 2013

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September, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Winner Positive About $2.4 Million


POWERBALL® Win in LA County

SACRAMENTO – There’s good news surrounding that multi-million dollar POWERBALL win in South Pasadena on Saturday. A man has come forward to claim the prize. Tarik Hawa arrived at the Lottery’s Van Nuys District Office with the winning ticket that earned him $2,479,122.

You can’t help but feel happy for the guy. Hello! He’s only 32 years old, set to be married soon, and now he’s a millionaire. Still, when you see how he missed winning the $317 million jackpot that night, you might also feel a little sad for the guy, but not for long.

Remember, Hawa’s ticket matched five numbers 1, 25, 44, 17, and 37, missing only the Powerball number of 20. Take a look at the photo of his ticket below. Hawa bought three plays, all Quick Picks®. He won with line “C”. Look at what’s printed just above that, on line “B”. Yup! Powerball number 20.

Oh well, Hawa is focusing on the positive and the millions he did win. “It’s an amazing feeling,” said Hawa, describing what the unexpected windfall now means for his life with his future wife. “I think the first thing that came to mind was, we could get a house … a nice, modest house, and obviously, help out family.” 

He bought his ticket at American Premium Gasoline, which is located as 1200 Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena. Even though he just barely missed an even bigger prize, Hawa has such a good attitude about his Lottery experience, he’s going to keep playing. He punctuates that with his affirmation, “I believe lightning will strike twice!”

He’ll get another chance tonight. Since no one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s draw, the jackpot for this evening’s POWERBALL draw is an estimated $400 million! 

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their tickets, keep tickets in a safe place and visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.

POWERBALL is a multistate game played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s POWERBALL site for more information on how to play.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 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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