ST. VALENTINE'S CELEBRATES WITH A MEGA $170 MILLION CALIFORNIA JACKPOT
SACRAMENTO, February 14, 2002 -- Lottery officials announced no one matched the SuperLotto Plus jackpot for Wednesday, February 13, 2002. The winning numbers were 4, 28, 46, 1, 19 and the MEGA Number was 4. "This is the largest jackpot in our 16-year history and the largest single state lottery prize in the nation," said Lottery Director Joan Wilson. "The most exciting part of this jackpot is that California schools will receive more than $102 million from these phenomenal sales."
A single jackpot winner of $170 million would receive 26 annual payments with the first payment equaling approximately $4.25 million and the 26th payment being approximately $8.67 million before federal tax withholding of 27%. There are no state taxes. The estimated cash value of $85 million (or $62 after federal tax withholding), would equal roughly half of the jackpot, or the amount the Lottery would invest to payout the jackpot prize over 26 years. The odds of winning any jackpot are one in 41 million. A retailer that sells a single winning ticket will receive a bonus of $850,000.
In the event of the death of a winner, the full prize is paid to the estate of the winner. The current jackpot of $170 million is the largest in the history of the California Lottery and the largest single state jackpot in USA history. On June 23, 2001 the second largest jackpot in California Lottery history reached $141 million and was won by a single winning ticket. Alcario Castellano of San Jose, California became the record-breaking highest individual jackpot winner of $141 million.
SuperLotto Plus can be played at more than 18,000 retail business establishments around the state. The SuperLotto Plus draw takes place each Wednesday and Saturday night at 7:58 p.m. Players may purchase tickets until 7:45 p.m. on the night of the draw.
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