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August 27, 2012

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August, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Man Claims MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Alameda County Worth More than Half a Million Dollars


SACRAMENTO – No one matched all six numbers in last Tuesday’s MEGA Millions draw, but a lucky winner in Alameda County matched enough to feel like he won the jackpot. Dana Waller purchased a MEGA Millions ticket to kick off a short vacation getaway for his one year anniversary. He returned this weekend to find he’d successfully matched five out of six numbers and won a $617,688 prize. 

A long-time MEGA Millions and SuperLotto Plus® player, Waller’s luck in love brought good fortune when one out of the 20 MEGA Millions quick picks he purchased came up a big winner. “I didn’t believe it was real. At first I thought I’d won $6,000,” Waller said.

The winning ticket was sold at Rotten Robbie service station, which is located at 124714 Herperian Boulevard in Hayward. The ticket successfully matched the numbers 5, 33, 13, 23 and 20, missing only the Mega number of 30.

Waller and wife plan to spend wisely. “Money doesn’t last forever,” he astutely pointed out. With their winnings, they plan to buy a house, take care of family and invest in growing their businesses.

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, keep tickets in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit theirlocal Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.

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 $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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