California lottery retailers investigated for massive prize claims
Are California Lottery retailers beating the odds, or is there something more going on?
A local media investigation found some store owners cashing in winning lottery tickets at surprising rates.
It's one of the winningest lottery stores in the Bay Area: Dolce Espresso in San Jose has reported 212 winning tickets worth $600 or more in the past decade. The luckiest winner is owner Minh Nguyen. He's claimed 87 of them.
At the Jelly Donut in Daly City, owner Frank Huynh claimed 15 winning ...
Oct 31, 2014, 1:13 pm - Lottery News forum
California nail technician wins $228M Powerball jackpot
Wants to remain normal man
A nail technician who has played the lottery over the years by scraping together nickels and dimes from tips at the salon is now a multi-millionaire several times over.
Vinh Nguyen claimed his $228.4 million jackpot late Thursday afternoon, after buying the winning Powerball ticket at a family-run chain, Key Market on Sourth Norfolk Street in San Mateo, according an announcement on Friday by the California Lottery.
Nguyen was the the sole winner in Wednesday ...
Sep 26, 2014, 11:17 pm - Lottery News forum
$228.5M Powerball lottery ticket sold in California
Someone in the Bay Area could be $228.5 million richer after lottery officials announced Wednesday that the sole winning Powerball ticket was sold in San Mateo, California.
The winning ticket was sold at Key Markets, located at 500 S. Norfolk St., a spokesman for the agency said.
Lottery officials said it was the sole winning ticket sold in the 44 states that carry Powerball.
The winning numbers were 7, 14, 21, 24, and 41, with Powerball number 26. The lump-sum jackpot would be about $1 ...
Sep 25, 2014, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
California man claims $180 million lottery jackpot
Rick Knudsen says he only plays the lottery when I feel lucky, about four or five times a year.
The 53-year-old Calimesa, California, man said he was feeling especially lucky on Aug. 21, so he bought a $5 Quick Pick at a 7-Eleven store near his home in the largely rural community of about 8,000 people just across the San Bernardino County line in Riverside County.
The first set of numbers on that ticket 5, 31, 34, 41, and 74 with Mega Ball number 3 turned out to be the luckiest of his life ...
Sep 4, 2014, 7:49 am - Lottery News forum
California $26 million lottery winner claims prize
A winner has stepped forward to claim his prize after a ticket he bought at a South El Monte, California, liquor store won a $26 million jackpot earlier this month, California Lottery officials announced this week.
Miguel Angel Peraza arrived at the California Lottery s Inland Empire District Office to claim his prize, California Lottery officials said in a written statement. His city of residence was not released.
The ticket was purchased at Sam s Liquor, 9660 Garvey Ave. in South El Mont ...
Aug 28, 2014, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scams hit San Diego, Escondido
San Diego police asked for the public's help in catching Spanish-speaking con artists who swindle people out of money by offering them a cut of supposed lottery winnings, and Escondido police said a similar scam has fleeced residents in that city.
The couple operating in San Diego claim to be from Costa Rica. They have taken about $52,000 from at least four victims in recent months, police said. Both were described a light-skinned Hispanics; the man, is his 30s or 40s, is thin, and the woman, ...
Jul 11, 2014, 10:53 am - Lottery News forum
$70 million Calif. SuperLotto winner comes forward
More than a month after buying the winning ticket in San Francisco, a 41-year-old man has finally come forward as the winner of a $70 million lotto ticket, the California Lottery said Wednesday.
Eurico Chin bought the ticket on a whim in late May at a Safeway in the Sunset District. I thought to myself, 'why not?' he said, according to a press release from the California Lottery. I'm already here, might as well buy one, he reportedly said.
He purchased the winning SuperLotto Plus ticket, a ...
Jun 27, 2014, 3:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Sole winner of $425M February Powerball jackpot claims prize
The sole winner of February's $425.3 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday.
California Lottery officials said B. Raymond Buxton, a Northern California man, claimed the prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento.
'Unbelievable!' is all I could muster, Buxton said in a statement on Tuesday. Once the initial shock passed, I couldn't sleep for days.
After the winning numbers were announced, Buxton said, he sat in front of his computer in disbeli ...
Apr 2, 2014, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
San Francisco cab driver claims $1.9M Mega Millions lottery prize
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 ...
Mar 22, 2014, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Thieves stole California Lottery vending machine
Investigators from the California Lottery are asking for the public's help in locating suspects who broke into a Lucky grocery store in Fremont over the weekend and made off with a Scratchers vending machine.
The thieves broke into the store, which is located on the 40000 block of Mission Boulevard, about 3 a.m. on Saturday.
Police located the vending machine a few hours later just a couple blocks from the store location. Most of the cash had already been removed from the machine before th ...
Mar 5, 2014, 7:46 am - Lottery News forum