A group of 11 Montebello Unified School District employees claimed a $12 million SuperLotto Plus ticket sold in Whittier. The co-workers have been playing together for nearly two years and are a mixture of full-time and part-time clerical workers.
Ramone Solis, the spokesperson of the group, said one of the group members urged him to check the numbers on their ticket after hearing that a jackpot-winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven where the group purchases their tickets. Solis visited a local retailer and scanned the ticket, confirming that it was the winner.
“Members of the group had heard about a winning ticket being sold in Whittier so they were already assembled when I returned to confirm the win. We all jumped around the office screaming and celebrating!” said Solis.
Cynthia Magana, the member of the group who purchased the ticket, said she had a “good feeling” about the retailer and knew that some day they would win. “The owner of the 7-Eleven was so very nice and always wished me luck. His positive energy convinced me that I should continue buying tickets from him,” Magana said.
The group has yet to decide whether they will take the annuity payments or cash option. If they take the cash option, the estimated amount to be divided by all group members is $7.1 million.
The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 10437 Whittier Boulevard in Whittier. The winning numbers are 34, 9, 7, 12, 44 and the Mega number is 2. The retailer will receive a bonus of one-half percent, or $60,000, for selling the winning ticket.