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August 30, 2012

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August, 2012 | Winners Stories

Only One Month to Go for Two Winning MEGA Millions® Tickets from Record-Setting March 30 Draw


$227,000 Tickets Sold in San Francisco and Hollywood will Expire September 26

SACRAMENTO – Five months ago, people around the nation were lined up around the block, trying to buy a MEGA Millions ticket at their favorite retail location. Why? Because the jackpot on March 30 was a world-record $656 million.

Shortly after the draw occurred on March 30, it was known that 29 lucky Californians matched five of six numbers to win prizes worth $227,955. In the past five months, 27 of those winners have come forward to claim their cash. Only two prizes remain, and the owners of those winnings tickets have about a month left before their tickets expire.

The winning tickets successfully matched the numbers 46, 23, 38, 4 and 2, missing only the Mega number of 23. The unclaimed tickets were sold at the following retail locations:

• Hollywood Bazaar – 6701 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood; and
• Fox Liquors – 570 Larkin Street in San Francisco.

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. These tickets will expire at close of business on September 26, 2012. The unclaimed funds will be transferred to California schools.

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 $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.


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