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San Francisco cab driver claims $1.9M Mega Millions lottery prize

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SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco, California, taxi driver won $1.9 million in the multi-state Mega Millions game Tuesday.

Mahendra KC, a 50-year-old immigrant from Nepal, bought the Mega Million Quick Pick ticket from Huntington Liquor in San Bruno for a dollar, lottery officials said Thursday.

The ticket matched five of the six numbers — 11, 19, 24, 33, and 51 — in Tuesday night's draw for a $414 million jackpot.

One additional number would have allow KC to split the full jackpot with two other winners in Florida and Maryland, officials said.

For all other states, matching 5 numbers would win a fixed $1 million prize, but in California all prizes are awarded on a pari-mutuel basis.  That is, the prize amount is determined by the number of tickets sold and the number of prize winners in each prize category.  Because KC was the only 5-number winner in California Tuesday, he took the entire prize pool reserved for second place in California.

KC showed up early at the lottery's South San Francisco office Wednesday morning to claim his prize.

KC's son Niranjan told lottery officials that his family planned to use the winnings to try to get organ transplants for their grandparents and treat his father's chronic heart problems, as well as to pay off school loans.

"It's just a life-changing situation here," said KC's daughter Chandani, who helped translate for him. "Now whatever dreams we had all together as a family, they're going to be true."

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Posted: March 22, 2014, 9:42 am - IP Logged

Cali is doing it again. Congrats.

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    Posted: March 22, 2014, 9:47 am - IP Logged

    I would like to know how much he's gong to get fleeced in taxes on that $1.9 espeically in California.

    Goteki, have a Snickers. Why? Because you always get angry when you have a case of the one offs on your lottery tickets. Better? No, I'm still ticked off!Hit With Stick

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      Posted: March 22, 2014, 10:10 am - IP Logged

      I would like to know how much he's gong to get fleeced in taxes on that $1.9 espeically in California.

      no state tax only fed 35% = 665,000

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        Posted: March 22, 2014, 10:14 am - IP Logged

        Congratulations KC.

        All It Takes Is A Dollar And A Dream.

                               

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          Posted: March 22, 2014, 10:34 am - IP Logged

          I would like to know how much he's gong to get fleeced in taxes on that $1.9 espeically in California.

          LOL what ever it is it's way more than he made as a freakin cab driver last year

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            Posted: March 22, 2014, 11:21 am - IP Logged

            Congratualtions to another winner in 2014.

            Remember  the Power Ball game  for tonight 3/22/14 is now $96M. 

            Don't forget to buy your Power Ball Game tickets today. 

            Good Luck Players,

             

            Coffee

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              Posted: March 22, 2014, 11:40 am - IP Logged

              Congratualtions to another winner in 2014.

              Remember  the Power Ball game  for tonight 3/22/14 is now $96M. 

              Don't forget to buy your Power Ball Game tickets today. 

              Good Luck Players,

               

              Coffee

              I already bought my ticketEvil Smile

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                Posted: March 22, 2014, 11:55 am - IP Logged

                Congratulations KC.

                All It Takes Is A Dollar And A Dream.

                I spent the dollar but I never dream I would win, that must be where I'm coming up short.

                * you don't need more tickets * 
                * just the right ticket * 
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                  Posted: March 22, 2014, 5:51 pm - IP Logged

                  congrats to KC. Drum     Party

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                    Posted: March 22, 2014, 7:55 pm - IP Logged

                    Good for him and his family

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                      Posted: March 23, 2014, 7:30 am - IP Logged

                      Well if he wants to keep his job, he could start him a limo service now and more money

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                        Posted: March 23, 2014, 8:01 am - IP Logged

                        Cali is doing it again. Congrats.

                        I Agree! Congrats to the WINNER Party

                                         

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                          Posted: March 23, 2014, 8:02 am - IP Logged

                          I spent the dollar but I never dream I would win, that must be where I'm coming up short.

                          Green laugh

                                           

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                            Posted: March 23, 2014, 7:22 pm - IP Logged

                            Congrats to the lucky guy

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