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April 25, 2013

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April, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Nineteen Phone Technicians Split MEGA Millions® Prize Worth More than $200,000


SACRAMENTO – Well, you can call this group lucky. Nineteen AT&T phone technicians from Los Angeles who play together in a MEGA Millions pool correctly matched five of six numbers in the April 16th drawing. The winning ticket was only missing the Mega number, which means the group took home a prize worth $205,234 – $10,801 for each player.

Albert Leklyan, who is the organizer of the pool, says they each throw in $2 when the jackpots get over $30 million. And what was the response from his fellow workers when their phones rang with the good news? “Most couldn’t believe it. I made sure I called them at 10 in the morning to let them know,” he said. When asked what some plan to do with their winnings, Leklyan said “Most plan to pay off bills, but I am going to buy a new sofa.”

Leklyan says he started playing the Lottery after one of his supervisors won a multi-million dollar jackpot in the ‘90s. Leklyan purchased the winning ticket at Mario’s Liquor, which is located at 5421 York Boulevard in Los Angeles.

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. 

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 1, 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 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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