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November 26, 2013

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November, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Winner in L.A. County Claims Second Largest California Powerball® Prize!


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Lucky Ticket Worth More Than $3 Million Sold in Monterey Park

SACRAMENTO – Christopher Chung is about to experience the power of Powerball. He claimed a winning Powerball ticket that matched five of six numbers (4-18-23-32-45, only missing the Powerball number 7) in the draw last Wednesday to win an astounding $3,213,436. That is a far cry from the $40 million jackpot that was up for grabs that night, but it is enough to spark exciting changes in his life.

“I can buy a house ... big house!” Chung said shortly after posing for the picture below. But, he says he knows how lucky he is, believing he’s been given the chance of a lifetime. So, he and his family consulted with an accountant before claiming the ticket, who cautioned that with home ownership also come annual property taxes. “I want to be careful,” Chung said. “We want to use the money wisely – to build up for the children’s education or invest.”

Talk about a turnaround. Chung told us he lost his job earlier this year when his former company closed down. He’s since been training, hoping still to become a bus driver. “This is only a little bit,” is how he describes his win. “Not enough [to] retire.” However, Chung says it is enough to give rise to a different attitude. “Not have to worry or have too much stress about bills and rent.”

The family purchased their lucky Powerball ticket at Grace Trading Group, which is located at 133 W. Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park (Los Angeles County).

The potential to, not only win, but win big was why California joined Powerball. We began participating in the game on April 8, 2013. The largest Powerball prize was claimed a few weeks ago, after a Fresno couple won a $213.4 million jackpot during the October 23rd drawing.

There’s a lot more money to be had. If you think the $3.2 million Chung won is impressive, imagine what the $205 million Mega Millions® jackpot up for grabs tonight could do for you. The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their tickets, keep tickets in a safe place and visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.

Powerball is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public schools. The California Lottery contributed more than $1 billion to California public schools in 2012-2013, the 13th year in a row the Lottery has exceeded the $1 billion mark.

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 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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