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September 12, 2012

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September, 2012 | Media Advisories and Events | Southern California

Ticket Sold in Riverside Wins $120 Million MEGA Millions® Jackpot


Two Additional Tickets Sold in Pleasanton and Huntington Beach Split More Than $440,000

SACRAMENTO – The dream of hitting it big is coming true for three lucky Californians after Tuesday night’s nine-figure MEGA Millions draw. Nearly seven weeks after the last MEGA Millions jackpot was hit in California, one lucky ticket sold in Riverside County has done it for California again. The jackpot ticket successfully matched all six numbers, including the top-dollar Mega number, winning $120 million with an estimated cash option amount of $92.1 million.

The jackpot ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 3740 Iowa Avenue Suite 11 in Riverside. The lucky retailer will receive a bonus of $600,000. The ticket successfully matched the numbers 20, 5, 33, 36, 11 and the Mega number of 11.

Two additional tickets, sold in Orange and Alameda Counties, successfully matched five numbers, missing only the Mega number. Each ticket is worth $220,648. The tickets were sold at Five Points Petro, which is located at 18742 Main Street in Huntington Beach, and at Cole’s Market, which is located at 4277 First Street in Pleasanton.

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). California was the only state to hit the MEGA Millions jackpot last night. 

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

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.