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July 25, 2012

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July, 2012 | Media Advisories and Events | Southern California

MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in San Diego County Worth Over Half a Million Dollars


SACRAMENTO – Although no one matched all six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions draw, someone in San Diego County is still feeling like they won a jackpot. That’s because a ticket sold in Lemon Grove successfully matched five out of six numbers and is worth $587,468! 

The winning ticket was sold at Arco ampm, which is located at 8001 Broadway in Lemon Grove. The ticket successfully matched the numbers 46, 5, 51, 9 and 38, missing only the Mega number of 5.

Since no one hit last night’s jackpot, Friday night’s MEGA Millions jackpot will be $52 million. The cash value is an estimated $40.5 million.

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, keep tickets 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 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. 

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 94 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. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $25 billion to education. 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.