UPDATE: May 6, 2010
The lucky Mega Millions jackpot winning couple has been identified. They are Jacki Wells Cisneros and Gilbert Cisneros. The wife was working as an overnight news producer at KNBC here in Burbank, when she found out she had a lottery ticket worth $266 million! The Los Angeles Times has story and video — including a shot of those winning numbers here.
Money worries are pretty much over for one lucky Southland couple. They own the only jackpot winning ticket from yesterday’s multi-state Mega Millions game. That ticket is worth a staggering $266 million! Whether they decided to take their winnings in a lump sum or 26 payments, it’s going to be a lot of dough! The odds of winning that jackpot, 1 in 175 million.
At around 7 p.m. last night, I dropped by the 7-Eleven at Alameda Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard, on the border of Burbank and Glendale, and it was packed with folks buying lottery tickets. I hope one of them got lucky and at least won a few bucks in that game.
The winning lottery ticket was sold at L&L Hawaiian BBQ, 8760 East Washington Boulevard in Pico Rivera. The winners holding that hot ticket aren’t ready to step into the spotlight and be identified. However, there’s a lot of chatter on the Internet about them and their good fortune. Over on LA Observed, Kevin Roderick is reporting the wife works here in Burbank at the local NBC station and recently, the husband lost his job.
The winning numbers from Tuesday’s Mega Millions game are: 9, 21, 31, 35, 43, and the Mega Ball 8. Seven other Southern California players got a piece of the action when they purchased tickets with all of the lucky numbers except the Mega Ball. Each of those tickets can be cashed in for $179,428.
Those runner-up tickets were sold at the following locations:
7-Eleven, 13701 Hawthorne Boulevard, Hawthorne
7-Eleven, 9805 Prospect Street, Santee
East Highland Ranch Valero, 27767 Baseline Street, Highland
7-Eleven, 3259 Associated Road, Fullerton
Corner Market, 10505 Mount Gleason Avenue, Sunland
El Mexicano Market, 6625 South Avalon Boulevard, Los Angeles
Seafood City Supermarket, 16130 Nordhoff Street, North Hills
Tuesday’s win brings the total of Mega Millions jackpot tickets bought in California to 13. The largest lottery jackpot ever won in the Golden State was for a Mega Millions game on November 15, 2005 — it was a humongous $315 million, according to the California Lottery website.
Now, the Mega Millions lottery starts over with a new jackpot of $12 million. The drawing for the next game is Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m.