California Player Claims $22 Million MegaMillions Jackpot

A California Lottery winner has collected the incredible multimillion-dollar MegaMillions jackpot he scored in July. Douglas Cummings purchased the lucky ticket in Mira Loma, Riverside County.

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The ticket matched the full six numbers drawn on July 31: 46, 69, 48, 12, 35 and the gold Mega Ball 23.

Cummings chose to keep his plans for the amazing windfall private, and it is not known if he opted for the annuity or cash lump sum payout. However, the manager of the Chevron station at 12464 Limonite Avenue in Mira Loma that sold the winning ticket was thrilled for his customer.

"Our sales have gone up! The regulars were surprised when they heard about the win. They were happy someone won at the store they go to," Christian Saracay told CA Lottery officials. His store hasn't sold any big prize-winning tickets before, although "anything more than a dollar win is big," he said, laughing.

The retailer will receive a $110,000 bonus payout from the Lottery for selling the lucky ticket.

The last big MegaMillions prize won in California was $522 million hit by San Diego woman Laarni Bibal on June 7, 2019. She purchased the winning ticket at the Sorrento Deli Mart and chose the cash option of $340 million before federal taxes.

MegaMillions and Powerball Jackpots at $225 Million

It's no trick, but you can definitely buy a lot of treats with this week's amazing prizes!

The MegaMillions jackpot currently stands at an estimated $109 million for the next draw on Tuesday, October 27. Meanwhile the Powerball top prize is an impressive $116 million for the draw on Wednesday, October 28.

Tickets for both draws are available now.

CA Lottery Continues to Create Millionaires

Cummings wasn't the only lucky California player to become a newly-minted millionaire recently as the Golden State stays true to its name.

The biggest prizes include three awesome SuperLotto jackpots that have been claimed in the last few weeks.

San Carlos man Anthony Li has collected the $20 million jackpot he won on September 5 after loyally playing the same numbers twice a week for two years. He selected the numbers from dates that have a special personal significance. Li purchased the ticket at SDT Holly Shell, 500 El Camino Real in San Carlos.

Victor Diaz of National City also gained overnight wealth when he hit $28 million in the May 16 drawing with a ticket he bought at 7-Eleven, 1601 East 18th Street in National City.

Another huge prize to be claimed recently was $24 million won by Quartz Hill resident Ed Willis on Saturday, July 18. The lucky ticket was sold at Super Kwik, 4358 West Avenue L in Quartz Hill.

California Scratchers players have also been cashing in recently.

Another Riverside County winner is Shelia Wilkerson, who had an amazing surprise when she hit $3 million with a Set For Life Scratchers ticket purchased at Circle K, 1675 North Perris Boulevard in Perris.

Genaro Carrillo also became a millionaire on the spot when he picked up a $2 million Instant Prize Crossword Scratchers ticket from Villalongin Market, 13947 Foothill Boulevard in Sylmar, Los Angeles County.

You don't have to be a detective to figure out how Nicholas Murillo got to be $750,000 better off - he bought a Mystery Crossword Scratchers ticket from 7-Eleven, 900 North Santa Fe Avenue in Vista, San Diego County.

California Lottery Celebrates 35th Birthday

The Lottery marked its 35th year on October 3, and to date, California players have contributed over $37 million to public schools in the state. Out of the Lottery's $7 billion in ticket sales in fiscal year 2018-19, 95 percent was returned to the community via prizes payouts, retailer commission payments that support small businesses, and investments in education.

Published: Monday, October 26, 2020
Updated: Monday, October 26, 2020