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June 25, 2012

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June, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Perseverance Pays Off For MEGA Millions® Winner


Mark White Jackpot winner

SACRAMENTO– On Friday night, Mark White matched five of six numbers to win a prize worth $219,900. He didn’t waste any time claiming his Lottery prize. This afternoon, White walked into the Lottery’s Sacramento District Office holding onto his winning ticket.

White won the MEGA Millions prize by selecting his own lucky numbers, which he told us he has been playing since the Lottery started selling tickets in 1985! When asked how he felt about his newfound wealth, White said, “it will make my retirement a whole lot easier.” 
The winning ticket was purchased at Sonora Market, which is located at 22277 Parrotts Ferry Road in Sonora (Tuolumne County). White successfully matched the numbers 10, 16, 19, 32 and 36, missing only the Mega number of 13.

Since no one won Friday night’s jackpot, Tuesday’s MEGA Millions jackpot soars to an estimated $65 million. If you prefer the cash value, you’re looking at an estimated $49.8 million.
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 and one year from the date of the draw to claim MEGA Millions jackpots.

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 $24 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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