Wednesday April 9 2014 – The owner of the Los Angeles gas station which sold Friday’s winning $30 million Mega Millions ticket has received their retailer bonus.
Century City 76 gas station on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles sold the winning ticket and earlier this week California lottery officials presented the owner with the $150,000 bonus. Although the owner’s name hasn’t been released, four employees posed for pictures holding a giant poster which read, ‘Millionaire Made Here’.
While the store’s owner will be enjoying their bonus, the same can’t be said for the $30 million jackpot winner as they have yet to come forward and claim their prize. The ticket in question successfully matched all five main numbers (1, 10, 15, 41 and 51) and the Mega Ball (9) from last Friday’s Mega Millions drawing but the holder of the ticket hasn’t yet contacted California lottery officials.
This latest jackpot win comes after a lucky few months for Californian lottery players as last month saw Sacramento resident B. Raymond Buxton claim his massive $425.3 million Powerball jackpot. The win is the largest jackpot won in the Golden State and also the sixth largest won in US lottery history.
The winning streak first started for the state at the beginning of the year when Steve Tran claimed his share of the colossal $648 million Mega Millions jackpot from the drawing on December 17. Shortly after Tran claimed his Mega Millions prize, San Andreas resident Judith Vermanson contacted lottery officials to claim her $8 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot prize.
Since then, a number of other Californian players have struck it lucky and secured wins ranging from $1 million to $5 million from both multi-state lottery games as well as various scratch-offs.
With California averaging more lottery ticket sales per draw than any other state, it’s no wonder that residents are continually striking it lucky and scooping life-changing prizes. However, it’s not just lottery players who are the winners as more than $26.6 billion has been transferred to public education in the state since the California Lottery launched in 1985.