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May 24, 2010

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May, 2010 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Family Birthdays Pay Off for Lincoln Woman


SACRAMENTO – A lucky California Lottery player who bought a MEGA Millions® ticket in Lincoln parlayed a batch of family birthdays into an $830,872 prize.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, is a regular MEGA Millions player and always uses her own numbers – the dates of her birthday, her husband’s birthday, her daughter’s birthday, and the birthdays of her grandkids. Those numbers paid off in a big way on Friday night, as she was able to match five of six, narrowly missing the jackpot.

The woman’s daughter was the first to discover that she had won. She took the ticket to a local gas station to check the numbers and then, after seeing her mom was a winner, went home to share the news. There they reportedly “jumped up and down the rest of the day.”

She purchased her winning ticket at Tobacco Shop, which is located at 155 Joiner Parkway #200. The winning numbers on the ticket were 30, 23, 15, 20, 26 and the Mega number – the only number the ticket did not match – was 17. Apparently her 11-year-old grandson let her down, as his birthday is the 12th, not the 17th. No one matched all six numbers in last night’s draw, which means tomorrow night’s jackpot will be worth an estimated $64 million.

The big winner was already planning a vacation to the Philippines, so she said her winnings will only help make that trip an even better one.

The California Lottery reminds each winner to sign the back of their ticket, keep the ticket 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 multi-state game, played in California and 39 other states. 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 California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. The Lottery contributes at least 87 cents of every dollar that players spend on Lottery products to public education and prizes. Since the Lottery’s inception in 1985, Lottery players have contributed nearly $22 billion to California schools out of total sales of more than $59 billion. Retailers benefit too, earning $3.8 billion in compensation since 1985.

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