$30 Million Mega Millions Ticket Claimed in California

Tuesday 15 April 2014 – Mega Millions’ most recent winner came forward to claim his prize yesterday, just 10 days after the draw took place. Leopoldo Choi of Los Angeles won the $30 million double rollover jackpot on April 4 when he matched all five main numbers plus the Mega Ball.

The winning numbers on the night were 1, 10, 15, 41 and 54 with the Mega Ball of 9 and Choi was the only player in the nation to successfully match all six numbers.

Choi, who arrived at California Lottery’s Van Nuys office yesterday morning, declined to comment on his win but opted for the lump sum cash payment of $16.6 million rather than accepting the 29 annuity payments totalling $30 million.

Choi’s lucky Quick Pick ticket was purchased at the Century City 76 gas station on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles and the store’s owners are set to receive a bonus worth $150,000 – the equivalent to one half of one percent of Chois big win. However, as lottery winners in California are not required to accept their win publicly, no further information is known about the lucky player.

In the same draw, fellow California resident Deogracias Pingul came within just one number of sharing the top prize. Pingul, who described himself as a regular lottery player, was one of two Mega Millions players who won in the Match 5 tier and picked up a prize worth $233,000. Usually the second tier Mega Millions prize is worth $1 million but as Californian prizes are calculated on a pari-mutuel basis, Pingul suffered as a result of low ticket sales. His ticket, also a Quick Pick, was purchased at the Island Pacific Supermarket on Dyer Street in the Union City region of Alameda County.

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