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September 12, 2012

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September, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Chocolate Milk and a MEGA Millions® Ticket Nets Southern California Man $220,000


James Philippsen

SACRAMENTO – James Philippsen didn’t take long to come in and claim his Lottery winnings. After matching five of six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions draw, he arrived at the Lottery’s Inland Empire District Office this morning to lay claim to his $220,648 prize.

Philippsen said he’s pretty structured with how he plays Lottery games. On Tuesdays and Fridays he buys his MEGA Millions tickets in Huntington Beach where he works, and always at the same retail location – Five Points Petro, which is located at 18742 Main Street. He said that he stopped off yesterday to buy a chocolate milk and his tickets and then went about his normal work day. He usually checks his numbers the night of the draw, but since he had to work late, he was tired and didn’t check until this morning.

Today, he went back to the store to get the winning numbers and noticed it was a little more crowded with people than usual. “I thought the store might have been robbed or something,” Philippsen said. He was informed that someone had won a large prize, but still did not check his ticket until later when he got to work. He could not believe it when he checked. He told us his boss came over to see what all the yelling was about and then told him he should probably take the rest of the day off.

He said he plans to use his winnings to pay off his house, or perhaps to buy another house that he and his wife can eventually retire in.

Philippsen said he was glad that he waited and didn’t check the ticket in the store. “They might have kicked my butt,” he joked. His ticket successfully matched the numbers 20, 5, 33, 36, 11, and missed only the Mega number 11. A second ticket, sold in Pleasanton, matched the same numbers and is also worth $220,648. That ticket has yet to be claimed, nor has the $120 million jackpot-winner that was sold in Riverside.

As a multistate game, MEGA Millions is played in California and 43 other jurisdictions (41 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). In order to claim a MEGA Millions prize, players must present to the Lottery the actual winning ticket. 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 $25 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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