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August 3, 2012

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August, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Man Claims MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in San Diego County Worth Over Half a Million Dollars


SACRAMENTO – Berle Simpson is grateful to have a little experience on his side and is hoping that will propel him to make good moves when it comes to the big chunk of money he just won. Simpson matched five numbers playing MEGA Millions in the July 24th draw to win $587,468! 

Simpson says he had only purchased Lottery tickets at the Arco ampm located at 8001 Broadway in Lemon Grove (San Diego County) a couple of times before. This time one ticket hit big after matching the numbers 46, 5, 51, 9 and 38, missing only the Mega number of 5.

“I immediately freaked,” said Simpson about the moment he checked the numbers. “I just kept saying this can’t be happening.”

Since then Berle has been busy trying to get his ducks in a row before surrendering his ticket. “I talked to a tax attorney and financial planners,” said Simpson, who is determined to do responsible things with his money. He says he’s learned a lot after watching shows about prize winners who blow it. “I don’t want to be one of those…where they run out of money.”

Simpson will allow himself at least one splurge. He says he’s had his eye on one special car, an Audi S5, a high performance vehicle. That’s something a lot of men have to get out of their system. “Thank God I’m not 21,” said Simpson, who plans on not getting carried away with his new ride. “I haven’t even picked out the color yet. I’ll do that when I have my bargaining chips.”

Who knows, we could be sharing your winner story too. Tonight’s MEGA Millions jackpot will be $13 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 theirlocal 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 $25 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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