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January 4, 2013

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January, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Winner Amazed After Claiming MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Chula Vista Worth More than $325,000


SACRAMENTO – Aurora Aguirre has quite a bit to say about the wonderful thing that just happened in her life. She won $327,665 after her ticket matched five of six numbers in the MEGA Millions draw on December 25. “I can’t believe it,” said Aguirre describing not just the win, but how it happened.

Aguirre bought her ticket at the Vons Grocery located at 2250 Otay Lakes Road in Chula Vista (San Diego County). The ticket successfully matched the numbers 2, 48, 3, 18, and 34, missing only the Mega number of 36.

Notice that date. Aguirre scored her big win on Christmas day. That’s something she can’t ignore. “That’s really a gift, totally unexpected,” Aguirre said. She told us she’s more used to working hard and taking on so much than winning. She didn’t check her ticket until New Year’s Eve. “It will be a better, kinder, gentler year. I’m really grateful to God.”

Aguirre’s ticket missed the Mega number, meaning she also missed out on a chance at millions, but she says this is no time to even think about what could have been. “Looking at this amount, I didn’t care about the jackpot. I’m grateful,” she said.

The jackpot has rolled again since that draw. We’re playing for $39 million in the MEGA Millions draw tonight. That’s an estimated cash value of $29,300,000.

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. 

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 2, or via our website at

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. 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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