SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — One lucky Californian is holding a SuperLotto Plus lottery ticket worth $39 million.
It was bought from the Santa Cruz Market on California Avenue in the Circles. No one has stepped forward yet to claim the prize.
Store owner Bongkook Choi is beside himself with joy.
"I can't believe it," said the man who has owned the market for six years. "We are so lucky."
Lottery officials called him around 9 p.m. Saturday night to report that one person bought the winning ticket with all six SuperLotto Plus numbers on it "" 16, 23, 35, 40, 41 and the Mega number 12.
He was told that his store will receive about $140,000 after taxes, he said.
This is the first time he has sold a winning SuperLotto Plus ticket, however he once sold a scratcher worth $30,000, Choi said.
So far, he has not decided how to use his windfall money.
Santa Cruz County stores are no strangers to selling winning lottery tickets, The last significant winning ticket in the county, sold by the Village Bottle Shoppe in Scotts Valley in January, was worth $800,000.