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June 26, 2012

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June, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Twist of Fate Behind Lottery Win in Danville


SACRAMENTO – You aren’t the only one who likes to read stories about people who have won big money playing the California Lottery. Delores Andersen has read them too, and she tells us she knew someday she would be included in that lucky group. “I used to visualize myself being a winner like they were,” Andersen said.

Andersen’s dream has become a reality. She won $312,766 after her ticket matched five numbers in the MEGA Millions® draw on April 27. That was some time ago, but she has a good reason for waiting so long to claim her prize.

Delores used to live in California, but she now lives in Maryland. She returned to the Golden State two months ago to attend a friend’s birthday celebration. While here, Delores decided to pick up a Lottery ticket at the Chevron located at 145 Hartz Avenue in Danville (Contra Costa County). That’s the same retail location she used to buy her tickets when she was living in California and working in a local escrow office. “I lost my job in Danville and that’s why I moved to Maryland. It is sentimental for me why I bought it there,” Delores said.

Delores didn’t know she had won until she traveled back home recently, and even then Delores had a hard time convincing herself and her family. “I called my son-in-law and asked him to look it up. He said I was out of breath and hyperventilating,” she said. Well, her win was the real deal! Now, Delores can actually plan what she can do with her winnings, just like all those other California Lottery winners she had read so much about. “Believe me, it will all be put to good use.”

Her ticket successfully matched the numbers 5, 47, 2, 46 and 45, missing only the Mega number of 37. Another ticket sold in Los Angeles matched those same numbers and has since been claimed.

You can read about recent winners by going to the Win section of our website Who knows, we might be featuring your story next. Tonight’s MEGA Millions jackpot is $65 million!

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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