MEGA Millions mystery: Who won?
There's still no winner.
Seven days after a lottery ticket sold in Yuba City was drawn as the winner of nearly $340,000, no one has come forward to claim it, state lottery officials said Tuesday.
The 7-Eleven at Stabler Lane and Butte House Road was one of three stores in the state to sell tickets matching five out of six Mega Millions numbers, and the winners will split a $1,014,318 prize, each receiving $338,106.
A single ticket in New York won the estimated $206 million jackpot, but no one has come forward to claim it either. People have claimed tickets matching five numbers that were sold in Los Angeles and Tustin.
It is not unheard of for major winners to appear days or weeks after a draw, said lottery spokesman Alex Traverso. Recently, a man came in to buy a new ticket and check the previous week's numbers, only to learn he had won hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"This is not a super long time for a ticket to go unclaimed," Traverso said. "When it goes a month or two months, then you think maybe the person misplaced their ticket."
The three winning tickets matched the numbers 32, 43, 23, 33 and 39, missing only the Mega number of 8. The odds of winning were one in 4 million.
Ravinder Dhindsa, manager of the 7-Eleven where the ticket was sold, said she estimates customers bought about 3,000 tickets for that draw. She, too, is curious to know who the winner is.
MEGA Millions is played in California and 41 other states. Tickets cost $1. Players pick five numbers from one to 56 and a Mega number from 1 to 46.
Winners have six months from the date of the draw to claim prizes. If no winner comes forward within the time limit, the money will be returned to the unclaimed prize fund and be dispersed to schools like all other lottery funds, Traverso said.
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