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June 11, 2012

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June, 2012 | Media Advisories and Events | Northern California

Large Winning Lottery Ticket Still Unclaimed in Bay Area


SACRAMENTO – Start looking! If you bought a California Lottery ticket in San Jose last month, dig it out and check it. It could be worth a whole lot of cash.

This particular ticket was purchased for the MEGA Millions® draw on May 11. While no one hit the jackpot that night, one ticket did match five numbers and is worth $201,772!

Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes. If no one produces the ticket by then, the unclaimed prize money will go toward California public schools. You never know, that may be the ticket holder’s intention. However, more often than not, people simply forget that they still have a ticket they haven’t checked. Consider this a reminder.

The lucky ticket was sold at Bernal Shell, which is located at 101 Bernal Road in San Jose (Santa Clara County). The ticket successfully matched the numbers 15, 35, 3, 29 and 54, missing only the Mega number of 8.

We have another MEGA Millions draw tomorrow night. The jackpot has climbed to $30 million. The estimated cash value is $23.1 million.   

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.

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.