No one in California wins $640 million lottery prize, but jackpot claimed elsewhere
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We all did. No one in California won Friday night’s record-setting $640 million lottery jackpot, disappointed state lotto officials said after the drawing.
Some lucky people in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas will divide the prize, so your dreams of driving your brand new Ferrari to your mansion in the hills, followed by a yacht trip to your private island, are, alas, over for now.
Here are the winning Mega Millions numbers: 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and Mega Ball 23.
The winners beat the incredibly long odds to match all six numbers and won the grand prize. Those incredibly lucky ticket holders can choose to split their share of the prize over 26 years, or get their piece of a lump-sum that totals $462 million, before taxes.
Now that you lost — the odds were 1 in 176 million, after all — the next best thing would be if you had one of the 29 tickets sold in California that matched the five numbers that weren’t the Mega Ball.
Lottery officials said that would net you $227,955 — way more than the $130,000 they originally thought it would total. That’s not too shabby.
Two of those tickets were sold in the South Bay: at the 7-Eleven at 617 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose and Liquor Tobacco and More on 1283 South Mary Ave. in Sunnyvale.
Three others were sold elsewhere in the Bay Area: At Al’s Food & Liquor at 36 Medway Road in San Rafael, the Fast & Easy Mart on 34759 Ardenwood Blvd. in Fremont and Fox Liquors at 570 Larkin St. in San Francisco.
But the grand prize winner ends a dream that Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot would exceed a mouthwatering, unthinkable treasure of — gasp! — $1 billion. Instead, it will start over at $12 million.
The interest in Friday night’s drawing, which drew live audiences across the Web at 8 p.m., jacked up the prize by $100 million in one day. The final prize laughed in the face of the previous worldwide record of $390 million in 2007.
In California, people lined up around the blocks of liquor stores and convenience marts all day. Golden State lottery players bought some 80 million tickets for $1 a pop on Friday, pushing the total for the past few days to about 140 million. Similar scenes played out at the 41 other states around the land that offer Mega Millions tickets, eager to get their share of a jackpot that has been building since Jan. 24.
Friday morning, the 7-Eleven at Lundy Avenue in San Jose saw a substantial increase in lottery sales.
“People are coming in and buying like there’s no tomorrow,” said franchise owner Raj Jindal. “Everyone is pitching in as much as possible.”
At Kavanagh Liquors in San Lorenzo, where four winning tickets worth more than $1 million have been sold over the years, customers waited two hours to buy tickets in a line that stretched around the block. The store selling the winning ticket reaps a maximum $1 million bonus.
People played for different reasons. And, when they did, they fantasized about what they would do with the loot.
“I can’t fathom what I’d do with it,” said Debbie Riley, a server at a Martinez restaurant. “Seriously, the number is so astronomically high that I wouldn’t know what to do with it all.”
Still, that didn’t stop her from dreaming.
“I would purchase a home for myself and my two kids, and I’d move my parents out from Wisconsin so they could be with their grandchildren. I’d try to take care of all my friends and family.”
At a Concord 7-Eleven, one woman who never plays the lottery decided to take her chances.
“I’m a beginner’s luck type of person,” said Angelina Carrasco, 30. “So hopefully, I’ll have some beginner’s luck.”
In South San Jose, aspiring millionaires kept the Lotto machines buzzing at the Wine Rack Liquor Store on Santa Teresa Boulevard.
Bob Decker, 71, a retired sales rep from San Jose, couldn’t remember the last time he played. But once the jackpot blew up, Decker couldn’t resist and gave it another try.
“They say it’s going to hit today,” Decker said.
If the impossible happened and Decker hit the big one, he said he would take care of his family, donate to charity and maybe “do a little more traveling with my wife.”
Lewis Roy, 43, usually spends just a few dollars on lottery tickets, but with the jackpot well over a half-billion, he splurged and spent $20 on tickets. Roy doesn’t think the winner will come down to luck. “When it’s your turn, you win.”
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