Long Beach Lotto winner claims ticket worth $134 Million

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$134 million lottery winnerThe big winner of the $134 million MEGA Millions jackpot from last Friday has stepped forward. Long Beach resident John Dalkos purchased the winning ticket from Country Donuts, located at 3200 East Anaheim Street in the Ralph’s shopping center near Obispo Avenue.

After several days of statewide anticipation, Dalkos stepped up to claim his ticket – with winning numbers 11, 34, 44, 31, 52 and Mega number 32 – in the Lottery’s Santa Ana District Office late Monday afternoon. Dalkos, who preferred not to be interviewed, has 60 days to decide whether to take the annuity or cash option.

Although originally announced at $133 million, strong ticket sales pushed the jackpot up to $134 million. If selected, the one-time cash payout for this ticket is worth approximately $82.9 million. The owner of Country Donuts will receive a bonus of one-half percent, or $670,000, for selling the jackpot winning ticket.

Counting Dalkos’ winning ticket, there have been 12 MEGA Millions jackpots won in California, including the historic $315 million jackpot won on November 15, 2005, which was the largest California jackpot ever. Friday’s winning ticket is the third-largest MEGA Millions win for California since California joined the game in June 2005.

MEGA Millions is a multistate game, played in California and 34 other states. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 56 plus a Mega number from 1 to 46. Draw times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.

The California Lottery has been enhancing education and supporting local communities for 25 years. More than 95 cents of every Lottery dollar is returned to the community in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retail commissions. Since the Lottery’s inception in 1985, Lottery players have contributed more than $22 billion to California schools out of total sales of nearly $59 billion. Retailers benefit too, earning $3.8 billion in compensation since 1985.

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