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24 year-old Calif. man claims lottery riches

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New Jersey native recently moved to San Diego

Updated: Jan. 8, 2008 at 7:47 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — The $47 million winner of the Mega Millions lottery game was all smiles Wednesday afternoon when he claimed his winnings and was introduced at a news conference as Todd Moitz, California Lottery officials said.

Moitz, a 24-year-old former Farmer's Insurance agent, said he's overwhelmed by the news and hasn't yet decided what to do with the windfall.

He has elected the cash option, which is worth $32 million before taxes.

"Cash is king," Moitz said, explaining his choice for the payment option.

Moitz bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven on Cass Street near Loring Street in Pacific Beach, where he lives. The winning numbers: 2, 11, 19, 21, 34 and the Mega number 38, were announced Friday night.

He said he typically buys $2 for two tickets, and he chooses the lottery numbers to play.  He typically plays the day of the drawing and didn't expect to win.

Moitz said he discovered his riches Saturday morning when he checked the numbers on a Web site and did "a double-take." [Editor: still trying to determine which Web site he checked.]

"You never actually expect (the numbers) to actually land," he said.  "It's surreal. It's a dream come true."

Moitz said he pounded on his roommate's door and had him verify the numbers matched those drawn.

Since then, Moitz said he's been texting and calling relatives to share the news.

Despite his openness, Moitz declined to state his dating status.

The University of Delaware graduate who moved to San Diego from New Jersey in August chuckled when he said he had studied business.

"It's the best time of my life," said Moitz, who also drives a Zamboni at the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa. "I love this city."

He avoided questions about what his first big purchase might be, where he might settle down, and his relationship status.

Nor was he sure of his future work plans.

"I really don't know," Moitz said.

Flanked by his parents and sister during the news conference, Moitz said his mind is running "a mile a minute."

"I have to wait for it to slow down to a normal speed before I can make a rational decision," Moitz said.  Regardless of what he does with the money, he said his family would be taken care of.

Charles Rich, a lottery sales manager, praised Moitz, a University of Delaware graduate who studied finance and marketing.

"I feel very confident he'll do well with this," Rich said. "I don't think he'll have any problems."

But will Moitz remain among the one-third of local residents who buy lottery tickets?

"Of course," he said.

The store is also expected to receive $230,000, a ½ percent share of the jackpot.

Store owner Palvinder Hundal, who has owned the store for three years, said it's the first time a winning number was purchased there.

Hundal said he would share some of the money with his employees and some would help pay school costs for his children.

Mega Millions is a multi-state game played in twelve states and has drawings on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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Posted: January 8, 2009, 6:47 pm - IP Logged

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    Posted: January 8, 2009, 6:50 pm - IP Logged

    Having just turned 20 a couple months ago, it's good to hear when someone younger gets to win the jackpot, it always seems to be people who are middle-aged and older and already have most of what they want out of life, and don't desire to make much change. Not to say they don't deserve it by any stretch, it's just that I haven't seen a single story with anyone under 30-40 years of age hitting a jackpot until now. Cool story.

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      Posted: January 8, 2009, 6:52 pm - IP Logged

      That should work out well he studied finance in college.  Congrats to him!

      it always seems to be people who are middle-aged and older

      Most likely because that's the bulk of the lottery players right there.

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        Posted: January 8, 2009, 6:56 pm - IP Logged

        Winning at 24 will leave many more years of great adventures!!

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          Posted: January 8, 2009, 7:09 pm - IP Logged

          This is truly an inspiring story for any young lottery players who are feeling discouraged about winning: luck and patience are key ingredients. Yes, most older winners win because they probably play more regularly.

          See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

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            Posted: January 8, 2009, 7:20 pm - IP Logged

            New Jersey native recently moved to San Diego

            Updated: Jan. 8, 2008 at 7:47 p.m.

            The $47 million winner of the Mega Millions lottery game was all smiles Wednesday afternoon when he claimed his winnings and was introduced at a news conference as Todd Moitz, California Lottery officials said.

            Moitz, a 24-year-old former Farmer's Insurance agent, said he's overwhelmed by the news and hasn't yet decided what to do with the windfall.

            He has elected the cash option, which is worth $32 million before taxes.

            "Cash is king," Moitz said, explaining his choice for the payment option.

            Moitz bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven on Cass Street near Loring Street in Pacific Beach, where he lives. The winning numbers: 2, 11, 19, 21, 34 and the Mega number 38, were announced Friday night.

            He said he typically buys $2 for two tickets, and he chooses the lottery numbers to play.  He typically plays the day of the drawing and didn't expect to win.

            Moitz said he discovered his riches Saturday morning when he checked the numbers on a Web site and did "a double-take." [Editor: still trying to determine which Web site he checked.]

            "You never actually expect (the numbers) to actually land," he said.  "It's surreal. It's a dream come true."

            Moitz said he pounded on his roommate's door and had him verify the numbers matched those drawn.

            Since then, Moitz said he's been texting and calling relatives to share the news.

            Despite his openness, Moitz declined to state his dating status.

            The University of Delaware graduate who moved to San Diego from New Jersey in August chuckled when he said he had studied business.

            "It's the best time of my life," said Moitz, who also drives a Zamboni at the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa. "I love this city."

            He avoided questions about what his first big purchase might be, where he might settle down, and his relationship status.

            Nor was he sure of his future work plans.

            "I really don't know," Moitz said.

            Flanked by his parents and sister during the news conference, Moitz said his mind is running "a mile a minute."

            "I have to wait for it to slow down to a normal speed before I can make a rational decision," Moitz said.  Regardless of what he does with the money, he said his family would be taken care of.

            Charles Rich, a lottery sales manager, praised Moitz, a University of Delaware graduate who studied finance and marketing.

            "I feel very confident he'll do well with this," Rich said. "I don't think he'll have any problems."

            But will Moitz remain among the one-third of local residents who buy lottery tickets?

            "Of course," he said.

            The store is also expected to receive $230,000, a ½ percent share of the jackpot.

            Store owner Palvinder Hundal, who has owned the store for three years, said it's the first time a winning number was purchased there.

            Hundal said he would share some of the money with his employees and some would help pay school costs for his children.

            Mega Millions is a multi-state game played in twelve states and has drawings on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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            PLEASE>lp>:

            hlp explan dis win 2 UR>>?

            favaront poster>>>>>>>>>!

            psykomo^^^^^^^^^^^^^^!!

            was D ##'s a QP?????????!

            WAS it Hi$>Hi$>PICK'$$$!!

            THANK'ssssssssssssss!!!!!

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              Posted: January 8, 2009, 7:29 pm - IP Logged

              Having just turned 20 a couple months ago, it's good to hear when someone younger gets to win the jackpot, it always seems to be people who are middle-aged and older and already have most of what they want out of life, and don't desire to make much change. Not to say they don't deserve it by any stretch, it's just that I haven't seen a single story with anyone under 30-40 years of age hitting a jackpot until now. Cool story.

              Don't worry, plenty of people from all ages win.  There are lots of stories posted in LP's news section about 20-somethings winning over the years.

              If older folks tend to win more, it's purely a function of more older people playing the lottery.  Same goes for male vs. female, area of the country, cities vs. suburbs vs. rural areas, etc.  It's a very predictable fact that people who play more often win more often.

              See the previous news story about the guy from Colorado for a great example of that!

               

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                Posted: January 8, 2009, 7:31 pm - IP Logged

                Congrats to the winner.  I just read that the first person in FL to come forward with a PB winner is 22 years old.  He won $50,000 because he spent the extra $1 and got 4 out of 5 and the PB.   Age doesn't matter to the lottery fairy.  Unfortunately for me, the tooth fairy has an age limit.

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                  Posted: January 8, 2009, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

                  PLEASE>lp>:

                  hlp explan dis win 2 UR>>?

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                  was D ##'s a QP?????????!

                  WAS it Hi$>Hi$>PICK'$$$!!

                  THANK'ssssssssssssss!!!!!

                  Quick Picks!

                   

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                    Posted: January 8, 2009, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

                    Roll Eyes hmmmph .....

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                      I use to live about 5 minutes from where this guy won. Congrats to this guy and I wish him all the luck.

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                        Posted: January 8, 2009, 7:38 pm - IP Logged

                        PLEASE>lp>:

                        hlp explan dis win 2 UR>>?

                        favaront poster>>>>>>>>>!

                        psykomo^^^^^^^^^^^^^^!!

                        was D ##'s a QP?????????!

                        WAS it Hi$>Hi$>PICK'$$$!!

                        THANK'ssssssssssssss!!!!!

                        He picks his own numbers.  Usually 2 plays at a time.

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                          He picks his own numbers.  Usually 2 plays at a time.

                          I thought so too, but got confirmation from different outlets that they were random picks.

                           

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                            Posted: January 8, 2009, 7:41 pm - IP Logged

                            I thought so too, but got confirmation from different outlets that they were random picks.

                            from MSNBC:

                            At a news conference Wednesday, Moitz explained that he played random numbers that just happened to match the winning combination, 2, 11, 19, 21, 34 and the Mega number 38 in Friday's draw.

                             

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