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May 21, 2012

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May, 2012 | Media Advisories and Events | Northern California

MEGA Millions® Mystery: Where Are You, Salinas Winner?


SACRAMENTO – If you purchased a MEGA Millions ticket in Salinas recently, whip it out and check the numbers. Someone matched five out of six numbers in the draw on April 20, but has yet to claim the cash. That’s $274,356 still left sitting on the table.

The ticket was sold at Quik Stop #7085, which is located at 339 Williams Road in Salinas (Monterey County). The ticket successfully matched the numbers 33, 26, 14, 35 and 23, missing only the Mega number of 40.

A second ticket sold in Greenbrae (Marin County) also hit five numbers, but that winner claimed within a few days. 

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. Unclaimed prizes remaining after the claim period expires always go to supporting California’s public 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 $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.