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August 2, 2012

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August, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Gum = $1.75, Soda = $2, MEGA Millions® Ticket = $375,000!


SACRAMENTO – Ardalan Esmaeili wanted a soda and some gum, so he decided to stop in at a local 7-Eleven. While in line, he noticed the person in front of him purchasing a MEGA Millions ticket, so when it was his turn to pay, he asked the cashier for five MEGA Millions Quick Pick® tickets. Today, Esmaeili walked into the Lottery’s San Francisco District Office holding one of those five tickets which was worth $376,829! 

Esmaeili told us he literally “couldn’t speak” when he realized how much he had won. He also told us he plans on using his winnings to pay off some bills.

The winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven located at 2223 South Bascom Avenue in Campbell (Santa Clara County). The ticket successfully matched the numbers 21, 29, 5, 18 and 41, missing only the Mega number of 37.

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, keep tickets in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit theirlocal 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 $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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