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August 30, 2012

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August, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

The Bay Area Search is on for California’s Potential $52 Million MEGA Millions Winner!


Sacramento – The California Lottery is looking for an individual that it believes is California’s latest millionaire. We believe the mystery man (see photo below and also attached) purchased his winning ticket at the Kwik Stop, located at 3157 Walnut Avenue in Fremont. The drawing took place on July 27, 2012. One player who thought she had purchased the winning ticket came forward to claim the prize. However, after an extensive investigation, the Lottery determined that she was not the actual winner. The real winner checked his ticket multiple times at area Raley’s and Safeway stores, but has failed to claim the win. The Lottery is asking this mystery man to bring his winning ticket to the Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento or to the nearest district office. The winning numbers are 2, 3, 4, 8, 43 with the Mega number 26.

“We see this as an integrity and transparency issue. The California Lottery truly believes that when a person buys a lottery ticket with the hope and prayer of changing their lives, we should do all we can to connect them with their winnings. We believe this effort will make a lot of Californians very happy,” said Russ Lopez, Deputy Director of Corporate Communications.

In an on-going public effort to connect Lottery customers with their winnings, the California Lottery has begun sending out photos of apparent winners of unclaimed prizes. In FY 2011/12, a total of more than $20.5 million in prizes went unclaimed.

Next month, four lucky 5/5 MEGA Millions tickets will expire to the tune of more than one million dollars.

Unclaimed Prizes

MEGA Millions jackpot winning tickets may be claimed up to one full year from the date of ticket purchase. All other wins expire after six months.

The California Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their tickets, store them in a safe place, and check the winning numbers after the draw is concluded.

August 30 Press Release

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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