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June 27, 2014

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June, 2014 | Winners Stories | Northern California

‘Dog Tired’ Owner of $1.6 Million Mega Millions® Ticket Purchased in Felton Claims Prize!


SACRAMENTO – They make the trip down Highway 9 “from time to time” to go shopping in Santa Cruz. On Tuesday (June 24), Glenn Getzfreid says he decided to stop and make one purchase along the way.

At $25 million, the Mega Millions jackpot sounded like a fantastic life-changing amount. So Getzfreid and his wife pulled the car over in tiny Felton so he could grab five Quick Picks® for that night’s draw. “It was just a beautiful day over there (in Felton). I planned on stopping.”

Good thing he did. The very first line of Getzfreid’s ticket matched five of the six numbers for a win worth exactly $1,669,791! Sure, he missed the Mega number 10, which would have scored him the huge jackpot. But consider this! – Instead of the $1.6 million-plus that he won, Getzfreid confesses he thought he was “only” getting $1,600! “My wife was still happy thinking it was 16-hundred.”

After the draw, with both still not positive what the correct amount was, Getzfreid decided he had to find out for himself! “I’d gotten home from work and I was dog tired. I took it down (to a retailer) where they scanned the ticket. That’s when I found out it was actually one million, six hundred thousand – not 16-hundred. Yes, it’s probably going to take a while for it all to sink in.”

For the record, Getzfreid’s ticket matched the winning numbers 13-17-24-47 and 65 – again only missing the Mega number of 10. He stopped and bought it at Quick Stop, located at 5960 Highway 9 in Felton (Santa Cruz County). What’s extra fun about this win is the retailer gets to cash in as well, collecting a one half of one percent bonus worth $8,348.96!

As for Getzfreid and his huge prize, he says he plans on using some of it to buy a “new vehicle with all the bells and whistles,” and then retiring this year. “I’ve been playing (the California Lottery) religiously since almost the beginning. A lot of investment before something finally happened!” Who says persistence doesn’t pay off? Sometimes literally in fact!

Mega Millions is played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). 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 on how to play.                                                          

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