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August 13, 2013

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August, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Group of Four Claims National City POWERBALL® Ticket


Three Tickets Worth $289K Each Still Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO – Vicente Palma, Jun Cocoba, Frank Sannicolas and Alex Ragunton have been playing the Lottery as a group for eight years but, like many players, only buy tickets when the jackpot gets high. Needless to say, when the POWERBALL jackpot climbed over $400 million on August 7, they each kicked in $20 and got in the game.

The lucky foursome purchased one of the nine tickets that matched five out of six numbers and is worth $289,341. After dividing it equally, each will receive just over $72,000 (before taxes). Their ticket successfully matched the numbers 58, 5, 25, 59 and 30, missing only the Powerball number 32. Palma purchased their ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 2425 Sweetwater Road in National City (San Diego County). The group has their own ideas on how they will each spend their prize. Paying off bills was mentioned, as was some sort of vacation – maybe to the Philippines, maybe Hawaii.

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. The jackpot can be claimed for up to a year from the date of the POWERBALL draw.

POWERBALL is a multistate game played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Players pick five numbers from 1 to 59 plus a Powerball number from 1 to 35. 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. 

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