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March 13, 2013

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March, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

$170,000 MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in San Diego Expires Today


Rightful Owner of Ticket Sold at Naval Base Has Only Hours Left to Claim

SACRAMENTO – It has all come down to this for the lucky owner of a MEGA Millions ticket worth $170,827 that was sold at a Lottery retail location in San Diego – either they come forward to claim today, or their ticket expires and the unclaimed funds are transferred to California schools.

The story goes like this – on September 14, 2012, one lucky player in the San Diego area matched five of six numbers in that evening’s MEGA Millions draw, making their ticket worth a cool $170,827. However, six months have passed since then, the winner has yet to come forward and claim their prize, and the 180 day period the winner had to come forward and claim officially ends today at 5 p.m.

There’s still some time for the mystery winner to come forward, but not too much. If you are the winner and you just located your ticket, immediately sign the back of it, keep it in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit your local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. The nearest Lottery District Office to where this ticket was sold is located at 5656 Ruffin Road in San Diego. The phone number for the office is (858) 492-1700.

The winning ticket was sold at Escape Snack Bar, which is located at 3360 32nd Street Naval Base in San Diego. The ticket successfully matched the numbers 40, 21, 51, 16 and 17, missing only the Mega number of 20. Do you know someone who works or lives close by and plays the Lottery? If so, make sure they search through all their possessions. They don’t want to lose out on some serious cash!
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. 

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 2, or via our website at

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 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.

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