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September 6, 2012

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September, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

No Looking Back for MEGA Millions® Winner in Los Angeles County


Frank Harris

SACRAMENTO – Frank Harris doesn’t hesitate when you ask how he’s feeling today. “It seems like I’m digging my way out of a hole,” he said. Frank experienced a big breath of fresh air today as he was finishing up the paperwork to claim a MEGA Millions® prize worth $296,808. 

That ticket successfully matched the numbers 41, 39, 53, 32 and 16, missing only the Mega number of 16 in Tuesday night’s draw. Frank didn’t know he had won until he returned to Gage Liquor, which is located at 6220 South San Pedro Street in Los Angeles. That’s where he bought the lucky ticket and had it verified. “You’d have seen me smiling,” said Frank about what we might have witnessed had anyone had a camera on him when he got the news.

Frank told us he’s lived in the Los Angeles County area for years and has been steadily pushing along. However, the money he just won will make things a whole lot easier. He’s said he’s got things to take care of, and that includes his kids. Some are grown now, but according to Frank, “I’m still their dad.”

Hitting five numbers instead of six means he missed out on the jackpot. “One more number and it would have been even better,” said Frank with a laugh. Looking ahead he said “I’m just hoping to win the big one Friday.”

It’s going to be a big one alright. Since no one hit all six numbers on Tuesday, the MEGA Millions jackpot amount has skyrocketed to $105 million for tomorrow night’s draw. The cash value is an estimated $81 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. MEGA Millions jackpot winners have a year from the date of the draw to submit their claim. All other prizes must be claimed within 180 days from the date of the draw.

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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