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August 17, 2011

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August, 2011 | Winners Stories | Southern California

San Luis Obispo Business Owner Re-invests $168,000 MEGA Millions ® Prize into Company


SACRAMENTO – It’s been a lucky 2011 so far for Don Seawater of Los Osos. First, his wife won a $45,000 jackpot on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine, and now Seawater’s taking home a $168,814 MEGA Millions prize from the California Lottery.

Despite his extraordinary luck, Seawater hasn’t let his newfound wealth go to his head. He doesn’t plan on going on an expensive vacation or buying a fancy car. Instead, this San Luis Obispo resident plans on reinvesting his prize money back into his business. Seawater owns Pacific Coast Lumber, an urban forestry recycling company that makes products from salvaged trees.

“This money will go a long way toward paying my three workers and buying some new machinery for my business,” Seawater said. “We are one of the few successful urban forestry ventures on the West Coast and this money will help me make the company that much better.”

Seawater purchased his winning ticket at Padre Liquor, which is located at 3250 South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo. He bought $3 worth of Quick Pick tickets. One of those tickets matched 51, 54, 55, 43 and 9, missing only the Mega number of 13 for what would have been a $16 million prize. You won’t hear Seawater complain, however. The $168,814 payout has made his day.

MEGA Millions is a multistate game, played in California and 41 other states. 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.

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