RELEASE DATE: 7/27/2012
SACRAMENTO – While most people are excited for the 2012 Olympics to start, someone in California has 52 million other reasons to be excited this morning! One ticket sold in California matched all six numbers to win last night’s MEGA Millions® jackpot. The ticket was purchased in Fremont and is worth a stunning $52 million! The estimated cash value of the ticket is $40.5 million.
The winning ticket was sold at Kwik Stop, which is located at 3157 Walnut Avenue in Fremont. The ticket successfully matched the numbers 2, 3, 4, 8, 43 and the Mega number of 26.
Since the jackpot was hit last night, Tuesday’s MEGA Millions jackpot will be $12 million.
The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, keep tickets in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have one year from the date of the draw to claim the MEGA Millions jackpot prize. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim all other 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.