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82 Year Old Army Vet Claims $78 Million MEGA Millions® Jackpot


SACRAMENTO – Charles Hairston is a laid back kinda man. He's so laid back, in fact, that even after winning a $78 million MEGA Millions jackpot, he said while he thought winning was “pretty nice,” he just, “stayed home and took it easy that night.”

Hairston is an 82 year old retired welder by trade but served several years in the United States Army during the Korean War. He's played the Lottery since it began in 1985, and while he enjoys playing different games, including Scratchers and Fantasy 5, MEGA Millions has to be his favorite game at this point.

Hairston purchased his lucky ticket at 1 Stop, which is located at 703 Spring Street in Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County.  The winning numbers that appear on that ticket are 39, 31, 46, 40, 27, and the Mega number of 36.  1 Stop will receive a bonus of $390,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

So, what does California's latest MEGA Millions winner plan to do with his newfound wealth?  He candidly tells us, “Stick to my own business and try to be smart with it. Other than that, I don’t know what I’ll do with it.”

Hairston’s jackpot marked the 17th MEGA Millions jackpot to be sold in California and the second win within the last month.

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