RELEASE DATE: 5/15/2017
SACRAMENTO – David Trapp has been playing the same five California Lottery numbers for many years. Therefore, when he bought $6 worth of Mega Millions tickets for the April 28 and May 2 draws (three chances for each date), it was a no-brainer that his special five numbers (birthdays of family members) were the first ones he selected. He let the computer choose (Quick Pick®) the Mega number.
After all those years trying his luck at winning the Lottery, Trapp’s dedication paid off when his lucky ticket matched all six numbers (6-13-18-20-31 and Mega number 13) during the draw late last month. When the dust had cleared, California’s second Mega Millions jackpot winner so far this year, had won $61 million! Trapp now has the option of taking the $61 million (before federal taxes) spread out in annual payments over 30 years, or choosing the lump sum cash option of $37.2 million.
“It really hasn’t sunk in. It’s either real or a very long and detailed dream,” Trapp said. “I don’t really see myself as a millionaire. It’s a big change. We’re going to take it one step at a time.”
Trapp says he’s thinking about buying a new house with his newfound fortune. “Will probably set up a few trusts…just try to be sensible about [all the money].”
The most money Trapp had previously won playing the California Lottery was “only” $480. He said he won it a couple of years ago playing Fantasy 5. So, does the Golden State’s latest huge jackpot winner think $61 million is going to change him as a person? “I hope I’m not going to change. I just won’t have financial concerns any longer!”
The 7-Eleven in Laguna Hills where Trapp bought his lucky ticket (27001 Moulton Parkway) wins as well! It is receiving a $305,000 retailer bonus just for selling the winning ticket. [The bonus is paid from a separate fund and is not deducted from the winner’s prize.]
Trapp has declined any potential requests for media interviews or to take a winner photo. No additional information about him will be released.
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 8:00 p.m. PST. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased from any of the 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.
This is all part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public education.
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 2015-16, the Lottery created 98 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.
Media contacts: Russ Lopez or Mike Bond, California Lottery, (916) 822-8131