$64 Million Jackpot Claimed by Los Angeles Coworkers

RELEASE DATE: 7/25/2010

SACRAMENTO – First they work together and now they’ve won together…big. Two lucky ladies from Southern California who work for an independent telephone company came forward this afternoon to claim a $64 million MEGA Millions jackpot. The pair matched all six numbers on July 16.
     
Zahra Vasseghi of Agoura Hills and Thu Thao Truong of El Monte have been teaming up to play MEGA Millions and SuperLotto Plus for the past six months. Their strategy is simple – play $1 each draw and pay in advance for five draws. Last week that investment paid off handsomely.
     
The women decided to check their numbers online at work and were immediately stunned. “We thought we were seeing it wrong,” they said. And though they had the good sense to remain calm while they were at work and still trying to verify that they had indeed just become millionaires, “we were screaming inside,” they added.
     
The pair plans to keep working for now and hopes to use a portion of their winnings to help family and donate to charity. There was also one other idea – “to go to the Bellagio and get a suite!”
     
Jackpot winners have the opportunity to choose the cash value of the jackpot prize within 60 days of the claim date. The estimated cash option amount for this ticket is $41.7 million. The lucky duo elected to take the cash amount.
     
Vasseghi and Truong’s ticket that successfully matched the winning combination – 2, 18, 20, 39, 15, and Mega number 34 – was sold at Smoke N’ Stuff, which is located at 750 West 7th Street in Los Angeles. The owner of Smoke N’ Stuff, will receive a bonus of one half of a percent, which amounts to $320,000.

Counting the duo’s winning ticket, there have been 14 MEGA Millions jackpots won in California, including the historic $315 million jackpot won on November 15, 2005, which was the largest California jackpot ever.
     
MEGA Millions is a multistate game, played in California and 41 other states. 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 California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail commissions. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed more than $22 billion to education.