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Winning ticket for $522 million Mega Millions jackpot sold in California

Jul 25, 2018, 9:27 am

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UPDATE: Final jackpot amount announced — $543 million

By Todd Northrop

A winning ticket to the 11th-largest U.S. lottery prize ever was sold at a liquor store in San Jose, California.

The ticket matched all six numbers drawn — 1, 2, 4, 19, and 29, with Mega Ball number 20. The Megaplier was 3.

The winning ticket was sold at Ernie's Liquors , located at 2808 S White Rd. in San Jose.

The winner will receive an estimated $543 million, which is the 3rd-largest jackpot in the history of Mega Millions, and the 9th-largest jackpot ever in US lottery history.  If the winner chooses the lump-sum cash payout, they will receive an estimated $320.5 million in cash, minus federal taxes. (California does not apply state tax to lottery winnings.)

The sum had been multiplying rapidly since the last time it was won on May 4. It hit $375 million on July 14 and $493 million on Saturday.

"This has been an exciting roll," said Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director. "Congratulations to California for taking home the fifth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history."

Kewal Sachdev, 65, the owner of Ernie's Liquors, was at his San Jose home taking a nap when an employee called him with the news that the store had sold a winning ticket.

He was stunned. Nothing like it has happened in the 18 years he has owned the store.

"We were wishing," he said in an interview at his store. "And the wish came true today.'

"I'm still digesting what happened," he added. "I don't know at this time how to react."

Sachdev said word that a winning ticket was purchased at his store will be good for business.

"People are going to think this is a lucky store," he said.

The store sold as many as 4,000 tickets ahead of the most recent drawing, which wasn't much considering the size of the jackpot, Sachdev said. Lotto fever just didn't seem to take hold this time.

Sachdev said he has heard the store that sells the winning ticket receives half a percent of the jackpot, which in this case would amount to the princely sum of $2.6 million.

"I'm processing the whole thing," he said. "In a couple of days, we'll figure out what happened and what to do about it."

John Nguyen, 35, of San Jose, heard the news and drove over to check out Ernie's Liquors. He plays the lottery every week, but he has never purchased a ticket from Sachdev's store.

"Most definitely," he said when asked if he was going to change things up. "I'll try it."

Nguyen also had a message for the new half-billionaire.

"The winner is going to need a financial adviser. And I am one," he said. "So they can call me."

Eight other tickets matched the five white balls to win the game's second prize, six worth $1 million each, and two that included the optional Megaplier and are worth $3 million each: 1 from Arizona, 2 from Massachusetts (1 with Megaplier), 1 from Michigan, 1 from Minnesota, 2 from New Jersey, and 1 from Texas (with Megaplier).

Another 102 tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. Of those tickets, 9 were purchased with the Megaplier option, increasing the prize to $30,000, and 5 were sold in California, where the prize was worth $22,437 this drawing.

The Megaplier option is not available in California, because the fixed nature of the prize increase offered with the Megaplier is not compatible with California's pari-mutuel payouts.

Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets cost $2 each.

With the jackpot have been won last night, the Mega Millions jackpot resets to its starting value of $40 million for the next drawing on Friday.

The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.

UPDATE

This article has been updated to reflect the final annuity and cash value amounts after all proceeds were counted Wednesday.

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You Can Win A Lottery Jackpot Using Birthday Numbers.

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    Don't tell us you went to grab a Dr. Pepper. Lol

    "Do everything you can. Then, leave the rest to luck."

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      Congrats to the lucky ticket purchaser(s)... Enjoy your new found wealth and be careful.

      Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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        Good for the winner or winners.

        And good for the return to sanity.

        Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

        Lep

        There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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          As I went looking on the play slip,  something told me to play singles last night.  <snip>.  The last time that happened was about a month ago when 4 single digits were drawn.  omg.   Now once again.  Maybe I need to trust my insticts.

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          I love pecans and making sales with commissions.   

          My amazon store is just like the lottery.

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            As I went looking on the play slip,  something told me to play singles last night.  <snip>.  The last time that happened was about a month ago when 4 single digits were drawn.  omg.   Now once again.  Maybe I need to trust my insticts.

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            As the old saying goes, go with your gut feeling.

            Dionne Warwick singing 'Do you know the way to San Jose?' came to mind when I heard where it was sold.

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              Go West!

              A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

              Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

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                No matter how many owners of the ticket there are be safe. Personal security is a top priority.   Copy what Marvin & Mae Acosta from Chino Hills, CA did. We now know only their names and that they moved out of their home a day before claiming. They made the decision to move out after six months passed. They won 1/3 of the record PB jackpot of $1.5 billion U.S. dollars. We have no idea where they are today. 

                 Please say NO to the media availability and the celebrity photo.

                 This Megamillion run was exciting and informative. Crying

                 "We are all in this together!" 

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                  This isnt the first big lottery ticket sold in San Jose. 

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                    You Can Win A Lottery Jackpot Using Birthday Numbers.

                    We should have pooled our money and bought all 4,247,775 "birthday combos".

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                      Cheer up mates...

                      powerball is still $63,000,000 and change after fed and state...

                      at least in NC anyways... %29.499 anything over $5,000

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                        Here we go again i told my friend it was going to be California this time and i was right ..

                        TOP 5 winning lottery states

                        California

                        New York

                        New jersey

                        Pennsylvania.

                        Florida.

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                          Congratulations to the winner/s Hurray!

                          I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                            Here we go again i told my friend it was going to be California this time and i was right ..

                            TOP 5 winning lottery states

                            California

                            New York

                            New jersey

                            Pennsylvania.

                            Florida.

                            Most of those states also have the highest number of player in general. So you know the more people in a state that play the higher their chance of winning will be. I had told someone that Tenn wouldn't win because they used up all their luck with that 1.6 Billion .....obviously California doesn't apply to that lol. I don't remember who it was but they always come here and say that the winner is always from a state near a large body of water. Congrats to all and see you in a few weeks. ppm signing off