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June 5, 2012

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June, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Man Floored Over His Lottery Win in Orange County!


SACRAMENTO – He missed the MEGA Millions® jackpot by just one number, but you won’t hear this man complaining. Darrell Norris says what his Quick Pick® ticket did bring to his household is plenty.

His Lottery ticket successfully matched the numbers 2, 14, 29, 53 and 55, missing only the Mega number of 31 in the draw on May 29. That winning combination netted him $179,442.

“There’s always a little bit of ‘Well, shoot. One number,’” Norris admitted and immediately added, “I can’t complain. $179,000 is more than I would have anticipated.”

The win comes at a perfect time. Norris and his wife just started remodeling their home. “We had money for the construction, but didn’t have money for the flooring yet.” Don’t look for the couple to upgrade the materials now that they have a bigger budget to play with. “We’re very conservative with our money,” said Norris, opting instead to add to their savings.

Norris purchased his ticket at the Circle K located at 31521 Santa Margarita Parkway in Rancho Santa Margarita (Orange County).

The draw was a big one for California. That same night, another ticket sold in our state hit the jackpot in the multi-state game. That winning MEGA Millions ticket was purchased at Aquapuro, which is located at 1151 East Holt Avenue in Pomona (Los Angeles County) and is worth $32 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 one year from the date of the draw to claim the MEGA Millions jackpot prize. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim all other 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 $24 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.

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