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May 23, 2012

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May, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

MEGA Millions® Ticket Worth $25 Million Claimed


SACRAMENTO – How would you sleep knowing you had a MEGA Millions ticket worth $25 million in your possession? And where would you safely keep that ticket overnight? Well, California’s newest millionaire, Ruth Kraft, can give us the answers to those questions.

When we asked her how she slept the night she won her MEGA jackpot, she answered simply, “not well.” And where do you think she kept her winning ticket? On her kitchen table, of course! Kraft filled us in on her story when she visited our District Office after she found out she matched all six numbers in the MEGA Millions draw from May 15. Her prize is worth $25 million and the estimated cash value of the ticket is $18.6 million.

Can you blame Kraft for having a tough time containing her excitement? Imagine all the things she’ll be able to do with $25 million!

Kraft purchased her winning ticket at Charles Service Center Mobil, which is located at 10857 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. The ticket successfully matched the numbers 10, 11, 12, 14, 24 and the Mega number of 6. The retailer will receive a bonus of $125,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Friday night’s MEGA Millions jackpot will be $24 million. The estimated cash value is $18 million.   

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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