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September 26, 2012

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September, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Winning MEGA Millions® Ticket from Record-Setting March 30 Draw Expires Today


$227,000 Ticket Sold in San Francisco Expires at Close of Business

SACRAMENTO – It has finally come to the end of the line for a winning MEGA Millions ticket that was sold six months ago for the record-setting March 30 MEGA Millions draw.

That night, millions and millions of people around the nation anxiously waited for their numbers to come up in that evening’s $656 million draw. While no one matched all six in California that night, a whopping 29 individuals or groups purchased tickets in our state that matched five of six to win prizes worth $227,955 each.

Since that time, 28 of those winners have come forward to claim their cash. Only one prize remains, and the owner of that winning ticket has only hours left before their ticket expires and they lose their claim forever.

The winning ticket successfully matched the numbers 46, 23, 38, 4 and 2, missing only the Mega number of 23. The unclaimed ticket was sold at Fox Liquors, which is located at 570 Larkin Street in San Francisco.

Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes. This ticket is set to expire today at 5:00 p.m., unless the winner personally comes into a local Lottery District Office and fills out their paperwork. They can also mail their ticket and claim form as long as the envelope is post-marked by September 26. If that does not happen, they will lose their claim.

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 found here as soon as possible.

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. 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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