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May 25, 2012

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May, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Los Angeles Area Lottery Winner is Treating His Friends


SACRAMENTO – Dozens of oil workers in El Segundo will soon be able to enjoy a nice meal, courtesy of one of their friends. Derrick Tillman hit it big playing MEGA Millions® and he’s sharing the wealth.

Tillman’s ticket matched five out of six numbers in the draw on May 1 to win $192,007. “My eyes lit up. It spooked me for a minute,” Tillman said, describing his reaction when he went to verify his ticket.

Along with giving money to his church, like his momma told him to, Derrick said he’s buying lunch for everyone in his section at the oil refinery where he works. So, what’s on the menu? “I’ll probably go to Costco and buy some steaks,” said Tillman.

Ironically, Tillman was on his lunch break when he stopped to purchase a single ticket at Leonard’s Liquor Store, which is located at 630 North Sepulveda Boulevard #7 in El Segundo (Los Angeles County). That ticket successfully matched the numbers 45, 27, 52, 31, 24, missing only the Mega number of 38.

If you’re wondering what took Tillman so long to come forward. He said his busy work schedule wouldn’t allow it. Tillman believes in the place. He’s also planning to use his lottery winnings to invest in company stock. 

Our next winner might be you. The jackpot for tonight’s MEGA Millions draw is $24 million. Think of the treats you could buy with that!   

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 $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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