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May 22, 2014

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May, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Last-Second Purchase Leads to $1.2 Million Win


SACRAMENTO – Pauline Obiaha was leaving the grocery store last week when she got that nagging feeling that she forgot to buy something. She quickly realized she forgot to buy her weekly Powerball® ticket. Pauline was running short on time, as the Powerball draw was about an hour away and ticket sales for the $100 million jackpot were about to stop. Pauline rushed to the closest available lottery retailer and purchased a single Quick Pick® Powerball ticket just in the nick of time. That last-minute ticket ended up being worth $1,249,351!  

Pauline said she checked her numbers online when she got home that night. When she realized she matched five of six numbers, she said “oh my god! Then I called my son to make sure I was seeing things right. I was really, really excited, I was trying not to scream.” Pauline told us she plans on using her winnings to pay off college tuition for her kids, who she proudly said are all college graduates.

Pauline’s ticket correctly matched the numbers 32, 23, 47, 39 and 49, missing only the Powerball number of 22. She purchased the winning ticket at Discount Cigarettes, which is located at 1804-7 South La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles. Discount Cigarettes is a winner as well, picking up a bonus of $6,246.75 or one half of one percent of the winning amount just for selling the winning ticket. Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is an estimated $132 million.

Powerball is a multistate game played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s Powerball 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.

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