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$447.8 million Powerball jackpot sets off shock, speculation in Menifee

Jun 12, 2017, 9:19 am

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For the owners of a Menifee, California, liquor store, a bad year just got $1 million better.

For the rest of Menifee, the town gossip just got $447.8 million more interesting.

The store, Marietta Liquor & Deli, sold a Powerball ticket that hit a massive jackpot in Saturday night's drawing. The million-dollar "retailer bonus" it will earn couldn't come at a better time, as the owner was recently diagnosed with a lung disease.

Until the winner or winners step forward — which could happen as early as 8 a.m. Monday or as late as one year from Saturday — folks will be left to buzz about who the latest Menifee-made millionaire may be.

The winning ticket was the talk of the town Sunday in Sun City, the area of Menifee where the store is located. It's a retirement community developed in the 1960s that has since become part of Menifee, a city of about 89,000 residents off the 215 Freeway between Riverside and Temecula.

Charlie Gordon, who was sitting in front of a laundromat near the store that sold the ticket, said he had only recently moved here and was excited to live in a small city where a big ticket had been sold.

He said he hopes someone local bought the ticket.

"Hopefully it was a sweet little old lady, someone who really needs the money," Gordon said.

Store owners 'in shock'

Matthew Alberre was having fun at his cousin's high school graduation party Saturday when he got the phone call that would change his family's fortunes.

"What are you doing right now?" asked a lottery representative on the other end of the line. "Are you sitting down? You might want to step away for a little bit."

When the caller gave him the news, Alberre, 26, said he asked three or four times to make sure it was true.

"I was in shock," he said.

Alberre said he does not know which of his customers won the jackpot. The store caters to retirees who live in Sun City as well as motorists passing through on the freeway.

He also wasn't sure yet what his family will do with the $1 million bonus.

"It's a blessing to be part of this day," Alberre said.

His father, Albeir, who came to the United States from Syria in 1987, has owned Marietta Liquor for the past 26 years.

This year began terribly for the family because Albeir, 64, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. The stress was hard on everyone, Matthew said.

"Starting out the year, it seemed like it was going to be the worst year in the world, and six months later our store hit the Powerball," Matthew said. "It's like God was there providing us with comfort, saying, 'Everything is going to be OK.'"

The family had had other reason to celebrate recently: Matthew's nephew, Julen, was born June 6.

"We're calling him the lucky baby," Matthew said.

Lucky store

At the store Sunday morning, customers swapped congratulatory high-fives, hugs and handshakes with the Alberre family — including wife Lina and another son, Fadi — as they helped lottery officials decorate the store. Albeir, hooked up to an oxygen tank, was out front putting up balloons to celebrate the jackpot.

"When I heard it on the news last night, I was like, 'Marietta Liquor, Are you kidding me?'" said Dean Castle, 72, who has shopped and bought lottery tickets at the store for 17 years. "What a feeling. It's like lightning striking. I'm so thrilled for those people that own the store."

Castle and a friend, Jesus Cosio, talked wishfully about becoming the next millionaire as they played various lottery games Sunday. They were lucky a few times and split $100 from a winning California Gold Scratchers ticket.

With Saturday's winner, Marietta Liquor has produced three millionaires in the years Albeir Alberre has owned the store. He sold a $9 million SuperLotto jackpot in 1996 and earlier had a $1 million Scratchers winner, his son said.

The store, in a shopping center just off the 215 Freeway at McCall Road, was already on the California Lottery's "Lucky Retailer" list.

A store can earn that designation by doing any one of three things during the previous calendar year: selling at least one winning ticket worth $100,000 or more, paying out an average of 400 or more winning tickets per week, or paying out an average of $4,000 or more worth of winning tickets per week.

Marietta Liquor had met the second two criteria; with Saturday's mega-win, it now has a hat trick.

Recognition for Menifee?

Mayor Neil Winter said the win is "another great omen" for a city that is rebounding from some tough financial times in recent years.

With more revenue coming in, "We're hoping to do a lot of positive things," Winter said. "It would be a cherry on top if one of our residents wins this."

He's also hoping to garner more national recognition for Menifee, which is among the fastest-growing cities in Riverside County and the state.

"I hope it puts Menifee on the map," he said. "With this win and the name getting into the press, people are going to stop saying, 'Where the hell is Menifee?'"

Vicki Carpenter, a Menifee resident who has worked in the Sun City area for more than 30 years, was ecstatic when she heard the news. The shopping center where the liquor store is located was the first one built in Sun City. Now, even more people will shop at the business, which already had a reputation for lottery success, she said.

"If the winner is a Menifee resident, some of that money will be spent in Menifee," said Carpenter, the incoming president of the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce and a manager for Caldwell Banker Associated Brokers. "It helps our economic environment."

Israel Boyett, who lives a few blocks away from the shopping center, said he's won about $1,500 in lottery prizes over the past decade.

"I had to come here and see if some of the good fortune rubs off on me," the 50-year-old said as he waited in line to buy a ticket. "I never thought this would happen in a place like this. It's a small community, but it's not going to be one for much longer."

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Image result for old people celebrating money win Retirement community? Enjoy!

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People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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    Posted: June 12, 2017, 11:44 am - IP Logged

     Congratulations to the Marietta Liquor & Deli in Menifee, California!!

     I wish good health to Albeir 64,!!!

    Party

    When will COVID-19 be finished?  A vaccine may protect all of us.

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      Posted: June 12, 2017, 12:04 pm - IP Logged

      I hope that the winner is a Senior Citizen!

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        Posted: June 12, 2017, 12:48 pm - IP Logged

        The only question I have is this and I mentioned it in the discussions.  Was it a quick pick or numbers picked?  And I wonder when the people or person that hit this wonder when they purchased it and did they take cash or annuity

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          The only question I have is this and I mentioned it in the discussions.  Was it a quick pick or numbers picked?  And I wonder when the people or person that hit this wonder when they purchased it and did they take cash or annuity

          Unless the rules have changed since last time playing CA lottery years ago, you did not have specify cash or annuity @ time of purchase.  Might have changed.  Glad they got rid of that here, a few states still require it.

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            They changed the law years ago to you do not have to specify at time of purchase. Now, you have 60 days from the time you claim your jackpot to inform them whether you want the annuity or the lump sum. I suspect with no election, it is an automatic annuity.  It can still take up to 12 weeks to collect your loot. 

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              They changed the law years ago to you do not have to specify at time of purchase. Now, you have 60 days from the time you claim your jackpot to inform them whether you want the annuity or the lump sum. I suspect with no election, it is an automatic annuity.  It can still take up to 12 weeks to collect your loot. 

              Redd55, I went to calottery website. Clicked on the Win tab and then selected Winners Handbook. Anyway, the wait time has decreased from 12 weeks to Eight and a half weeks. A definite improvement especially for the PB winner. 

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                From Winner's Handbook 2017 Revised 3/14/2017:

                If you elected the cash option or if your prize is only offered in a
                single payment, it can take up to 12 weeks (from the claim date)
                for your check to arrive. If your prize is to be paid in
                installments, it can take up to 12 weeks for your first check to
                arrive. p. 6

                It can take up to 12 weeks for your first annuity payment, or
                single cash option payment to arrive. p.7

                If you chose to pick up your first Lottery payment from a California
                Lottery District Office, your first Lottery prize payment will be
                available for pickup within six to eight weeks of your claim. p. 24

                I'm sticking with 12 weeks. If you disagree, I dont care. Contact the lottery.

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                  THE LUCKY SON OF A GUNS

                  • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                  • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                  • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                             (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
                  • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
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                    Redd55, I went to calottery website. Clicked on the Win tab and then selected Winners Handbook. Anyway, the wait time has decreased from 12 weeks to Eight and a half weeks. A definite improvement especially for the PB winner. 

                    music*  Disney

                    Music: A drop from 12 to 8 weeks is still unacceptable. It's your money, you won.Why on earth should you have to wait? It's not as if you living in a small town with one dentist.So here you are hoping to have a cavity filled, and you told " l ran out of filling material & it's coming in 2 months from now."  Do you highttail it out to the next dentist 200 miles away or tough it out with the only one you got? By all accounts the California lottery only has " one dentist" so to speak . It's Outrageous.

                    I sure would like to know if the CA lottery is the only State that makes it's winner wait this long to collect THEIR money?

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                      Calif also refuses to use direct deposit, whether for a lump sum or annual annuity payments. It is either mailed to your home or you come in and pick it up. I wonder if when they mail it they at least use express mail? Probably not....

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                        Calif also refuses to use direct deposit, whether for a lump sum or annual annuity payments. It is either mailed to your home or you come in and pick it up. I wonder if when they mail it they at least use express mail? Probably not....

                        Comes off like they pissed with you winning.The State can't get their oily hands on your fortune, so why not make " life difficult" for your first steps on your yellow brick road." Come pick it up..what BS

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                          The only question I have is this and I mentioned it in the discussions.  Was it a quick pick or numbers picked?  And I wonder when the people or person that hit this wonder when they purchased it and did they take cash or annuity

                          All will be revealed.....in time. Or maybe not!

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                            For the owners of a Menifee, California, liquor store, a bad year just got $1 million better.

                            For the rest of Menifee, the town gossip just got $447.8 million more interesting.

                            The store, Marietta Liquor & Deli, sold a Powerball ticket that hit a massive jackpot in Saturday night's drawing. The million-dollar "retailer bonus" it will earn couldn't come at a better time, as the owner was recently diagnosed with a lung disease.

                            Until the winner or winners step forward — which could happen as early as 8 a.m. Monday or as late as one year from Saturday — folks will be left to buzz about who the latest Menifee-made millionaire may be.

                            The winning ticket was the talk of the town Sunday in Sun City, the area of Menifee where the store is located. It's a retirement community developed in the 1960s that has since become part of Menifee, a city of about 89,000 residents off the 215 Freeway between Riverside and Temecula.

                            Charlie Gordon, who was sitting in front of a laundromat near the store that sold the ticket, said he had only recently moved here and was excited to live in a small city where a big ticket had been sold.

                            He said he hopes someone local bought the ticket.

                            "Hopefully it was a sweet little old lady, someone who really needs the money," Gordon said.

                            Store owners 'in shock'

                            Matthew Alberre was having fun at his cousin's high school graduation party Saturday when he got the phone call that would change his family's fortunes.

                            "What are you doing right now?" asked a lottery representative on the other end of the line. "Are you sitting down? You might want to step away for a little bit."

                            When the caller gave him the news, Alberre, 26, said he asked three or four times to make sure it was true.

                            "I was in shock," he said.

                            Alberre said he does not know which of his customers won the jackpot. The store caters to retirees who live in Sun City as well as motorists passing through on the freeway.

                            He also wasn't sure yet what his family will do with the $1 million bonus.

                            "It's a blessing to be part of this day," Alberre said.

                            His father, Albeir, who came to the United States from Syria in 1987, has owned Marietta Liquor for the past 26 years.

                            This year began terribly for the family because Albeir, 64, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. The stress was hard on everyone, Matthew said.

                            "Starting out the year, it seemed like it was going to be the worst year in the world, and six months later our store hit the Powerball," Matthew said. "It's like God was there providing us with comfort, saying, 'Everything is going to be OK.'"

                            The family had had other reason to celebrate recently: Matthew's nephew, Julen, was born June 6.

                            "We're calling him the lucky baby," Matthew said.

                            Lucky store

                            At the store Sunday morning, customers swapped congratulatory high-fives, hugs and handshakes with the Alberre family — including wife Lina and another son, Fadi — as they helped lottery officials decorate the store. Albeir, hooked up to an oxygen tank, was out front putting up balloons to celebrate the jackpot.

                            "When I heard it on the news last night, I was like, 'Marietta Liquor, Are you kidding me?'" said Dean Castle, 72, who has shopped and bought lottery tickets at the store for 17 years. "What a feeling. It's like lightning striking. I'm so thrilled for those people that own the store."

                            Castle and a friend, Jesus Cosio, talked wishfully about becoming the next millionaire as they played various lottery games Sunday. They were lucky a few times and split $100 from a winning California Gold Scratchers ticket.

                            With Saturday's winner, Marietta Liquor has produced three millionaires in the years Albeir Alberre has owned the store. He sold a $9 million SuperLotto jackpot in 1996 and earlier had a $1 million Scratchers winner, his son said.

                            The store, in a shopping center just off the 215 Freeway at McCall Road, was already on the California Lottery's "Lucky Retailer" list.

                            A store can earn that designation by doing any one of three things during the previous calendar year: selling at least one winning ticket worth $100,000 or more, paying out an average of 400 or more winning tickets per week, or paying out an average of $4,000 or more worth of winning tickets per week.

                            Marietta Liquor had met the second two criteria; with Saturday's mega-win, it now has a hat trick.

                            Recognition for Menifee?

                            Mayor Neil Winter said the win is "another great omen" for a city that is rebounding from some tough financial times in recent years.

                            With more revenue coming in, "We're hoping to do a lot of positive things," Winter said. "It would be a cherry on top if one of our residents wins this."

                            He's also hoping to garner more national recognition for Menifee, which is among the fastest-growing cities in Riverside County and the state.

                            "I hope it puts Menifee on the map," he said. "With this win and the name getting into the press, people are going to stop saying, 'Where the hell is Menifee?'"

                            Vicki Carpenter, a Menifee resident who has worked in the Sun City area for more than 30 years, was ecstatic when she heard the news. The shopping center where the liquor store is located was the first one built in Sun City. Now, even more people will shop at the business, which already had a reputation for lottery success, she said.

                            "If the winner is a Menifee resident, some of that money will be spent in Menifee," said Carpenter, the incoming president of the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce and a manager for Caldwell Banker Associated Brokers. "It helps our economic environment."

                            Israel Boyett, who lives a few blocks away from the shopping center, said he's won about $1,500 in lottery prizes over the past decade.

                            "I had to come here and see if some of the good fortune rubs off on me," the 50-year-old said as he waited in line to buy a ticket. "I never thought this would happen in a place like this. It's a small community, but it's not going to be one for much longer."

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                            I notice the big jackpot usually won in either California or Tennessee. I think if you live in other states, you shouldn't waste your time playing the powerball. You can look at the history of jackpot win and sees for yourself. I live in nyc and I'm not wasting my money on powerball anymore.