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February 1, 2018

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February, 2018 | Southern California

Wonderful Start for San Diego County Winners


SACRAMENTO – The new year is getting off to a wonderful start for a couple in the small mountain community of Julian in San Diego County. They claimed a winning Mega Millions® ticket worth nearly $1.3 million!

Vanna Jennings and Jesus Vasquez got their big win three days before Christmas. That’s when they decided to purchase their usual tickets for Mega Millions. “The girl in the store [joked] this one’s the winner!” Jennings said. As luck would have it, one of their five Quick Pick® tickets successfully matched the numbers: 30-33-42-1-20, missing only the Mega number 16. Now their little slip of paper was worth an incredible $1,298,334 (before taxes)!

“We’re going to start 2018 in a good way,” Jennings said, welcoming the change in mood after experiencing some very difficult challenges. The couple revealed that Vasquez lost both his mother and his father within a span of just eight months. Any sort of good news, much less a win, is an indisputable contrast. “It’s so unbelievable,” Jennings said. “We’re numb to it actually.” 

While they do realize they were just one number shy of hitting a $253 million jackpot, they said any money won is going to provide a nice boost towards retirement. “It is nice to have security,” Jennings said. “That is wonderful, isn’t it?” 

The lucky ticket was purchased at Julian Market & Deli, which is located at 2202 Main Street in Julian. This retailer receives a bonus of $6,491 from the Lottery just for selling the winning ticket. (The retailer bonus is not subtracted from the winner’s prize.)       

Mega Millions is played in 44 states (plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. PT. The draw closes at 7:45 p.m., so players must buy their tickets by then for that draw. Ticket sales resume (for the next draw) at 7:50 p.m. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 22,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s Mega Millions site for more information on how to play.

Mega Millions is a part of the Lottery’s continued effort to create more winners and more importantly, earn more money for California public schools!

The California Lottery is a $6 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the State’s General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2016-17, the Lottery created 83 new millionaires. Ninety-five 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. 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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