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March 8, 2013

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March, 2013 | Winners Stories | Northern California

A Love of Pumpkin Seeds Turns into a $33 Million SuperLotto Plus® Jackpot for Walnut Creek Man


Massoud Ardalan 440 

SACRAMENTO – Massoud Ardalan loves pumpkin seeds, and they aren’t easy to find. So when he found them at Heather Farm Shell, he made that his regular stop for pumpkin seeds, gas, and his Lottery tickets. However on Wednesday, he only had $15 – $10 for gas and $5 for Lottery tickets – which meant no money for pumpkin seeds. The trade-off worked out well, because the fifth line of his Lottery numbers were the ones that counted – they won him a $33 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot. Ardalan and his wife of 25 years, Homeira, came forward today to claim their multi-million dollar prize.

Ardalan, a reprographics manager by trade, was having a regular day on Thursday, dropping Homeira off at work and then going to look for work himself. Ardalan was laid off in November after being with the same company for 16 years. Once he got home, he had a message from a friend telling him that someone in Walnut Creek had won the $33 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot and that he should check his tickets. He did. He couldn’t believe his eyes…all six numbers matched! He went back to see his wife at the salon where she works as a hairdresser and asked her to come outside, he had something to tell her: “We won the Lottery,” he said. Even as they recounted the story, Homeira’s eyes sparkled and she giggled, “I didn’t believe him.”

Ardalan plans to start his own business, possibly in reprographics, and put his friends and family who are out of work, back to work. He also may buy some rental properties and a salon for his wife to run. Ardalan explained through laughter, “That’s a lot of money, we can do a lot of things, buy a lot of pumpkin seeds! Maybe buy a pumpkin seed factory!”

The winning ticket was purchased at Heather Farm Shell, which is located at 1790 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek (Contra Costa County). The winning numbers were 1, 2, 3, 22, 34, and the Mega number 8. Heather Farm Shell will receive a bonus of one half percent, or $165,000 for selling the winning ticket. The estimated cash option amount for this jackpot ticket is $22.9 million.

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