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March 29, 2010

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March, 2010 | Winners Stories | Northern California

$800,000 Benicia Ticket Expires Today


SACRAMENTO – California Lottery officials are asking lottery players in Benicia to spend the day checking every secret hiding place. That’s because 5 p.m. today is the last chance to claim a MEGA Millions® prize worth $796,804.

The winning ticket was purchased for the September 29 draw at the CVS Pharmacy, 2100 Columbus Parkway, and matched five of six numbers. The winning numbers were 45, 21, 50, 25, 2 and the Mega number – the only number the ticket did not hit – was 21.

The California Lottery reminds the winner to sign the back of the ticket, keep the ticket 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. This ticket expires at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 29, 2010.  If the ticket is not claimed, the prize money will go to public education.

MEGA Millions is a multi-state game, played in California and 34 other states. 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 California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 95 cents of every Lottery dollar is returned to the community in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retail commissions. The California Lottery contributes at least 34 cents of every dollar that players spend on Lottery products to public education and returns more than 50 percent of sales to players in the form of prizes. Since the Lottery’s inception in 1985, Lottery players have contributed more than $22 billion to California schools out of total sales of nearly $59 billion. Retailers benefit too, earning $3.8 billion in compensation since 1985.

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