Very Special Day for One California Lottery Winner
SACRAMENTO – Jose Rivera was just one number away from winning Tuesday night’s $240 million Mega Millions® jackpot. But there wasn’t an inkling of sadness in Mr. Rivera as he walked into the California Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office to claim his $421,804 prize. Rivera told us that as soon as he saw five of his numbers matched, he looked up at the sky and thanked God. “This is a very special day,” Rivera said.
Rivera also told us that his winnings will probably go toward paying off his house and the rest toward his retirement which he hopes comes very soon. Rivera purchased his ticket at Town House, which is located at 7941 Eastern Avenue in Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County). The ticket correctly matched the numbers 10-29-31-35-45, missing only the Mega number 10.
Although Rivera won a nice chunk of change, nobody hit Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot. That means tomorrow night’s jackpot has now rolled to an estimated $270 million!
The California Lottery strongly urges winners to sign the back of their tickets in ink, obviously keep them in a safe place and visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim their prizes.
Mega Millions is played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). 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 on how to play.
The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 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.