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June 18, 2012

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June, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Man at Peace with MEGA Millions® Win in Gardena


Rederick Chatman

SACRAMENTO – If he was excited with his big win, Rederick Chatman didn’t show it. The 47-year-old oil industry worker calmly walked into the California Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office this afternoon to claim his prize-winning ticket worth $197,900.

He won it by matching five out of six numbers in the MEGA Millions draw last Friday. Of course, it wasn’t the jackpot, but Chatman’s prize amount is enough to make someone yell for joy. Or, is it?

Yes! Hooray! Sweet! No, those aren’t the words Chatman said he used when he checked his ticket and discovered he had won that boatload of cash. “I said, ‘Okay,’” said Chatman, explaining that there were too many people in the store. So, he quietly put his ticket in his wallet and went to work.

Even then, Chatman said he kept the news pretty much to himself. Unlike other winners who say they can’t sleep or eat just thinking about their win, Chatman said he’s been sleeping like a baby. That’s not to say he’s going to keep everything about his win low-key. Chatman said he’s going to address mostly family stuff before thinking of himself.

There is one thing he does openly express, and that’s his attitude about playing the Lottery. According to Chatman, “If you don’t play, you don’t win.” Well said!

Chatman bought his lucky ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 1151 West Redondo Beach Boulevard in Gardena (Los Angeles County). The ticket matched the numbers 18, 8, 12, 30 and 40, missing only the Mega number 4.

There is even more money to be won. Since no one hit Friday night’s jackpot, tomorrow night’s MEGA Millions jackpot soars to an estimated $47 million. If you prefer the cash value, you’re looking at an estimated $36.1 million.

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 $24 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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