After over a week, the winner of the $534 million lottery jackpot has been revealed, except it’s more than one person who got lucky. Santa Clara County Office Pool Wins $543M Mega Millions Jackpot!
Wins $543M Mega Millions Jackpot
SACRAMENTO – “It was spur of the moment. ‘Hey, did you hear about the jackpot? We should play.’” And just like that, those words set into motion a move that would result in the largest prize ever won on a single California Lottery ticket. Roland Reyes claimed the incredible $543 million prize on behalf of his group, but he didn’t show up alone. In total, each of 11 office pool members showed up to the Lottery’s East Bay District Office in Hayward the day after the July 24 draw. Reyes tells us the group played on a whim after learning how large the jackpot had grown, so imagine their surprise when they wound up winning the entire prize.
Reyes and the group declined to say where they work, other than it’s in the financial industry. The sheer randomness of their win has left them dumbfounded. “If I could win, anybody could win. We’re just normal people!” Reyes said with a laugh.
In addition to Reyes, the winners were identified as Marigold Villaruz, Rita Sinha, Murad Kureshi, Nga Lam, My Nguyen, Solonachchige Dissanayake, Isabel Dominguez, Alejandra Villanueva, Alice Socorro and Joji Ziegele, according to Cal Lottery.
The players, ranging in age from 21 to 60, told us they don’t have a regular lottery pool. They simply took a chance on the game by pitching in $2 apiece. Out of all the retailers who sell California Lottery tickets, Reyes told us he knew the type of place he wanted to purchase the tickets. “A small business owner. We’ll probably have a better chance with a mom & pop shop,” Reyes said of his thought process before pulling up to Ernie’s Liquors, which is located at 2808 South White Road in San Jose (Santa Clara County). The winning ticket, a Quick Pick®, successfully matched the numbers 19-2-4-1-29 and the Mega number 20.
Mega Millions Winning Numbers 07/24/2018 Wins $543M Mega Millions Jackpot
News of their win spread quickly the night of the draw as members called each other for a quick meeting. This is one instance where the winners didn’t have to worry about telling their supervisor because he was involved in this lottery pool, too. So, it should come as no surprise that California’s newest multi-millionaires still plan on working. “We want to keep our jobs – We love that company – We love what we’ve built there – We have a good time and want to stay together.” – Reyes said.
Santa Clara County Office Pool Claims $543 Million Mega Millions Jackpot
The winners have the option of taking the entire annuitized amount of $543 million spread out over 30 years, or taking the final lump-sum cash option of $320.5 million. Both options are before federal taxes. There were mentions of paying off mortgages, kids’ college tuition, helping family members, going back to school and, of course, travel. “It helps real people and families,” Reyes said, realizing how lucky he and his co-workers are. The group nodded in agreement, as one co-worker stressed that she’d invest wisely to avoid becoming a “one-time millionaire.”
**The winners decline to speak with the media or to include a photo with this release. No further information about them will be released.**
Santa Clara County Office Pool Wins Jackpot
Ernies Liquors buy ticket Wins $543M Mega Millions Jackpot
The winning ticket was sold at Ernie’s Liquors on South White Road in San Jose. Lottery officials confirmed last week it was the lone jackpot ticket in the $522 million draw.
The owner of Ernie’s Liquors received a $1 million bonus for selling the jackpot ticket, lottery officials said. Members of the Sachdev family gathered at their store to celebrate their winnings. They said some of the money will go to charities and to their employees.
“United States is a country where you can realize your dreams really well. This country has given us the opportunity to do that,” Kewal Sachdev said. “I wish these winners very well and hope they do some good work, some charity work, and take care of their families and friends.”
Here are some additional quick facts about this win:
– Total final revised jackpot amount: $543 million (Largest prize won in California Lottery history).
– California sold $123.8 million worth of Mega Millions tickets during this jackpot run which began on May 8, 2018. It took 23 draws (22 rolls) for someone to finally hit the huge $543 million jackpot.
– The estimated contribution to California public education from this Mega Millions run is nearly $50 million.
– Based on preliminary figures for FY 2017-18, per-pupil Lottery funding (assuming Lottery monies are distributed evenly to each student) comes out to an estimated $204 per student.
Many big winners in the July 24 drawing
It has been rolling for more than 11 weeks, but on Tuesday night the Mega Millions jackpot was finally won! A single ticket sold in California matched all six numbers drawn on July 24 – the white balls 1, 2, 4, 19 and 29, plus the gold Mega Ball 20 – to lay claim to the $543 million prize ($320,543,095 cash). The ticket was purchased at Ernie’s Liquors in San Jose, Calif. The jackpot was higher than estimated due to strong sales.
“This has been an exciting roll,” said Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions Lead Director and Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director. Congratulations to California for taking home the third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.”
In addition to the jackpot win, there were many other big winners in the july 24 drawing. Eight tickets matched the five white balls to win the game’s second prize. Six are worth $1 million each, sold in Arizona, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota and New Jersey (two). Two, sold in Massachusetts and Texas, included the optional Megaplier (an optional $1 purchase available in most states) and are worth $3 million each.
For matching four white balls plus the Mega Ball, 102 tickets won the game’s $10,000 third prize Tuesday night. Nine of those are actually worth $30,000 each because they included the optional Megaplier.
In total, there were 3,109,361 winning tickets Tuesday night at all prize levels, including the jackpot. In this jackpot run, since May 4 there have been almost 17.4 million winning tickets at all prize levels, including 35 worth $1 million or more.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states (plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. PDT. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the 23,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers. Please visit the Mega Millions Results page for more information on how to play and win Jackpot.
The California Lottery is a $6 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the State’s General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2017-18, the Lottery created 93 new millionaires. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.
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