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March 18, 2013

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March, 2013 | Winners Stories | Northern California

$300,000 MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Mountain View is Claimed


SACRAMENTO – A lot of times Lottery winners are in shock and disbelief in that moment after they realize they have won a huge prize. In the case of Martha Lopez, when she realized she correctly matched five out of six MEGA Millions numbers to win $322,019, she actually had to pinch herself to make sure she wasn’t dreaming. When Lopez walked into the California Lottery office to claim her prize, she actually had a bruise on her arm to prove it.

Lopez, who frequently buys her Lottery tickets from the same retailer, said that when she and the clerk realized that she had won, they both started crying and jumping for joy. Lopez purchased her winning ticket at Sav Mor Food Store, which is located at 689 Calderon Avenue in Mountain View (Santa Clara County). The ticket successfully matched the numbers 46, 39, 20, 6 and 41, missing only the Mega number of 42.

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 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 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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