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October 17, 2012

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October, 2012 | Media Advisories and Events

Two Tickets Sold in California and Massachusetts Split $61 Million MEGA Millions® Jackpot


An Additional Ticket Sold in Panorama City Wins More Than $440,000

SACRAMENTO – California is on a roll! Just more than a month after the last MEGA Millions jackpot was hit in California, it has happened again – except this time California isn’t the only state to have sold a winning ticket. One lucky ticket also came up big in Massachusetts as well, which means the two states will split the $61 million MEGA Millions jackpot, making each ticket worth $30.5 million. The ticket sold in California was sold in Fresno, and if the winner chooses the cash option, it will be worth an estimated $23 million.

The jackpot ticket in California was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 2389 East Shaw Avenue in Fresno. The lucky retailer will receive a bonus of $152,500. The ticket successfully matched the numbers 37, 46, 52, 13, 40 and the Mega number of 29.

An additional ticket sold in Panorama City for last night’s draw successfully matched five numbers, missing only the Mega number. That ticket is worth $444,824. It was sold at Island Pacific Supermarket, which is located at 8340 Van Nuys Boulevard, Unit 8 in Panorama City.

In order to claim a MEGA Millions prize, players must present to the Lottery the actual winning ticket. As a multistate game, MEGA Millions is 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. 

As jackpots rise, the California Lottery would like to remind players that gambling should be fun. Borrowing money to play, spending above a person’s budget or using money intended for other purposes can ultimately lead to significant problems for players and their families. If a player recognizes that they have a gambling problem or if they know someone who may have a problem, the Lottery recommends calling the Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-800-GAMBLER.

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 2, or via our website at

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. 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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