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December 9, 2013

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December, 2013 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Sacramento Powerball® Winner Claims $1 Million Prize


Retired Insurance Agent Tipped Off After Seeing Story on Local TV News

SACRAMENTO – Bruce Goodman thought the television news pictures of a Sacramento Lottery retailer looked familiar. So when the news anchor announced a $1 million Powerball ticket had been purchased there, bells and whistles starting going off inside his head. “I said to my wife, ‘…oh look at that, that’s where I bought my tickets!’”

Ten tickets in fact – and amazingly, one of them (the only one in the state!), matched five of the six numbers from the December 4th Powerball draw. The $20 investment paid off big time, and now Goodman is taking home a check for $1,072,680. His winning numbers were 6-9-11-31-44, missing only the Powerball number 25. Goodman drew Powerball number 23, so he was actually only two numbers off from scoring the $81 million jackpot. So close! “Yea, had it been (25), we’d be talking a different scenario,” the Sacramento grandfather admitted with a laugh. “But (a million dollars) is not bad!”

Goodman revealed his winning numbers were a Quick Pick® with no special meaning. “Yea, they were random numbers. The very first time Powerball came out, I just did a Quick Pick and said these will be my numbers from here on out. Numbers are numbers!” So how much had the retired State Farm insurance agent previously won playing the California Lottery? “About $160 at the most,” Goodman estimated, and this big win isn’t about to slow him down. “Of course I’ll keep playing – my same (lucky random) numbers!”

As for how he plans on spending his winnings – Goodman and his wife don’t have any extravagant ideas, other than to “travel well,” give to some of their favorite charities and spoil the grandchildren. “They (granddaughters) already know,” laughed Lynn Goodman. “In fact, they were riding in the back seat after we found out we’d won, and one of them said, ‘Oh my goodness, papa, he’s a millionaire!’ So they know!”

California’s latest millionaire purchased his winning ticket at Select Wine & Spirit, which is located at 7485 Rush River Drive #730 in Sacramento. The lucky Sacramento retailer who sold that Powerball ticket is also going to get a check for about $5,363! That’s because on November 21, the California Lottery Commission voted to start awarding retailers who sell five of six winning draw game tickets of more than $1 million a one half percent retailer bonus. Previously, only retailers who sold the winning jackpot ticket were eligible for the standard one half percent bonuses.

We should mention that on the same night that the Goodman’s won, someone in Sacramento also purchased the only winning Fantasy 5 ticket. It was a rare double-win here in the Capital City. We’re still waiting for this lucky Fantasy 5 winner to come forward and claim their $112,457 prize.

Whoever this mystery person is should sign the back of their ticket and visit their local Lottery District Office (4106 East Commerce Way, Sacramento) as soon as possible. They have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim their prize.

Listen – we still have a lot more money to give away! Take a look at the size of these jackpots – the largest we’ve had in years:

• The Mega Millions® jackpot for tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s draw is $344 million – the fourth largest of all time. It’s also the largest Mega Millions jackpot since March 30, 2012, when three winning tickets split a U.S. lottery-record $656 million.

• The SuperLotto Plus® jackpot for Wednesday night’s draw has grown to $46 million. It’s the largest since July 23, 2011 when a single-winning ticket purchased in Anaheim won the $61 million jackpot.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 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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