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March 1, 2004

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March, 2004 | Lottery Performance



SACRAMENTO, March 1, 2004 -- Lottery officials announced the estimated SuperLotto Plus jackpot for Saturday night's draw at $42 million.  “The skies are going to clear up for someone if they win this jackpot," said Lottery CEO, Tony Molica.

A single jackpot winner of $42 million who chooses the 26 graduated annual payments would receive more than $1,050,000 the first year and those payments would graduate to more than $2,142,000 by the 26th year (before taxes).  A single jackpot winner who chose the cash option would receive the estimated cash value which is roughly half the announced jackpot or about $21 million (before taxes). There is a 25% federal withholding. In the event of the death of a winner, the full prize is paid to the winner’s family or designee.  A retailer who sells the winning ticket would receive 1/2 of 1% of the jackpot as a bonus for selling the winning ticket.  A single winning ticket would yield $210,000 for the retailer.

On February 16, 2002, the largest jackpot in California Lottery history reached $193 million and was won by 3 winning tickets from Orange, Half Moon Bay and Montebello.  On June 23, 2001 the second largest jackpot in California Lottery history reached $141 million and was won by a single winning ticket.  Alcario Castellano of San Jose, California became the record-breaking highest individual jackpot winner of $141 million.

SuperLotto Plus can be played at approximately 18,000 retail business establishments around the state.  SuperLotto Plus tickets are $1 each.  The SuperLotto Plus draw takes place each Wednesday and Saturday night at 7:58 p.m.  Players can purchase tickets until 7:45 p.m. on the night of the draw.
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