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L.A. TV Employee Wins $266 Million Mega Millions Jackpot

The ticket, worth $266 million, was sold at a Hawaiian barbecue restaurant.
Watch Lynette Romero's Report


11:44 AM PDT, May 5, 2010

PICO RIVERA, Calif. -- An employee of a Los Angeles TV station is the sole winner of the $266 million Mega Millions ticket in Tuesday's multi-state drawing.

The ticket was sold at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue at 8760 Washington Blvd in Pico Rivera.

The lucky ticket holder has not yet come forward. However KTLA has learned that the winner works behind the scenes in the KNBC newsroom.

According to the KNBC website, she wanted to go to KFC for dinner but her husband wanted Hawaiian Barbecue. Now they can have whatever they want for dinner.

The couple said they picked the numbers at random. The couple also said that the husband recently lost his job.

They could take a one-time payout of roughly half the $266 million jackpot or opt for annual payments over 25 years.

The restaurant gets $1.3 million for selling the winning ticket.

Twenty-eight tickets -- seven sold in California, three each in New Jersey and Virginia, two each in Michigan, Missouri, New York and Ohio, and one each in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Texas -- had five numbers, but didn't have the Mega number.

The seven sold in California are each worth $179,428, while the other 21 are each worth $250,000, California Lottery officials announced. California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be paid on a pari-mutuel basis.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night were 9, 21, 31, 36, 43 and the Mega number was 8.

The estimated $266 million jackpot was the eighth largest in the history of the game, which began in 2002.

The Mega Millions game is played in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

The jackpot for Friday's draw will be $12 million.

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