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July 7, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rummaging through coat pockets, purses and automobile glove compartments, lottery players in West Los Angeles made a frantic last-minute search Thursday for a $25-million winning ticket that expired at midnight. The missing Lotto ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven store at 11656 Wilshire Blvd. for the Jan. 8 drawing. Unclaimed for 180 days, the ticket was set to automatically expire at midnight--making it what officials said would be the largest unpaid lottery jackpot in California history.
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December 21, 2001 | JOSEPH MENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Lottery allowed the sale of millions of dollars worth of tickets for its most popular lottery games even after all the top prizes had been awarded and purchasers had no chance of winning them, according to court documents.
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NEWS
January 26, 1986
The California Lottery's newest game, "California Gold Rush," will include "instant" payoffs of up to $50,000--twice as much as the previous game. It will begin officially on Monday. How to Play: Players scratch off a latex covering on the card. If three of the words under the covering match, the player wins. Instant Prizes: Instant prizes are $2, $4, $100, $200, $500, $1,000, $25,000 and $50,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2001 | From staff and wires
A general contractor from Van Nuys whose family has won a dozen lottery prizes in the last 16 years hit the big time Monday when he collected $14.9 million. Moshe Bar and his wife, Zvia, collected their share of the SuperLotto Plus $88-million jackpot. Before now, Bar and his wife had won about $27,000 in the lottery. He believes he can keep his winning streak alive and he plans to keep playing. When asked what he planned to do with the money, Bar said, "Education for my children . . .
NEWS
November 17, 1999 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During his 25 years of marriage, Thomas Rossi never saw a marriage counselor, never strayed and never doubted a relationship so close that he shared an electric toothbrush with his wife, he said. Then Denise Rossi shocked him by demanding a divorce. And she wanted it in a hurry. Now he knows why: On Dec. 28, 1996--just 11 days before she filed for divorce--Denise Rossi won $1.3 million in the California Lottery. She told no one in her divorce case, and Monday her secret caught up with her.
NEWS
October 18, 1997 | From Associated Press
The state lottery, long criticized as inefficient, decided Friday to slash its work force by nearly a third in an overhaul intended to give more money to players and schools. Under the reorganization plan, about 250 jobs will be lost statewide over the next eight months. Lottery Director William Popejoy, appointed five months ago as a trouble-shooter for Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1995 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County woman who won $12.6 million in the California Lottery last year is suing her son and daughter-in-law in an effort to regain the money, which she claims they coerced her into signing over to them. Joan F. Markham, 66, a British citizen who was living in Buena Park when she won the prize last summer, alleges that the couple, who are now divorcing, threatened to have her deported or sent to jail unless she gave them the money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As it turns out, there's something to be said for being in a rut. When Frank Armenta bought his twice-weekly SuperLotto ticket last week, he noticed it was checked for a lump-sum payment. The Santa Ana resident always bought tickets for payments over 26 years. Always Quick Pick, computer-generated numbers. A creature of habit, he made the clerk at the Chevron Food Mart in Tustin take it back and issue a new ticket. New numbers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the crack of dawn Thursday, Gina De Giosa received a call from her oldest son, Joe, who had just opened up the family deli to bake bread for the day and checked the winning numbers in Wednesday's $56-million Lotto drawing. "He said, 'Mom, mom! We won the lottery!' " said De Giosa. "But I didn't believe him so I hung up on him." But the oldest De Giosa son called back.
SPORTS
November 17, 1994 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
California's newest and youngest lottery millionaire had more important things on his mind last week than turning in his winning ticket. The 18-year-old high school senior had a football game to prepare for. An hour after being awakened by the news that his "quick pick" Super Lotto ticket was the big winner in the weekly jackpot drawing, Terry Dill was sitting in the local coffee shop in tiny Boron eating a traditional game-day breakfast with teammates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
Two San Bernardino County postal workers who bought a lottery ticket while visiting San Diego won the $57-million jackpot in Wednesday night's California lottery drawing. The two friends, Ross Larsen and Rusty Cummings of Rialto, said they will quit their night shift jobs at a post office processing center. "Hey, let someone else work the graveyard shift," Cummings said, laughing, at a news conference Thursday. The two men chose the cash-value option on the ticket, making it worth $28.5 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The winner of one of the largest single-state jackpots in U.S. history has finally come forward to claim the $141-million prize, state lottery officials said Thursday night. Cario Castellano of San Jose arrived at the lottery's San Francisco district office late Thursday afternoon with the winning ticket. Despite a media blitz when the winning numbers were announced, no one immediately stepped forward. On Monday, lottery officials in Sacramento waited in vain for the winner to emerge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2001 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This much lottery officials know: The winner of one of the largest single-state jackpots in U.S. history is out there. Somewhere. They know that a single ticket with all six winning numbers was purchased at a San Jose liquor store, making owner Alex Wang the overjoyed recipient of more than $700,000--the vendor's portion of the big lottery payout.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO and NEDRA RHONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They mounted a historic run on liquor and grocery stores Saturday, hundreds of thousands of Californians taking their one-dollar swipes at over-the-counter bliss while picking up, eh, maybe a Twix and some Chiclets. The state's record lottery jackpot of $141 million had people snapping up 50,000 tickets a minute. They culled their numbers from fortune cookies and astrological charts and odd rituals that had one commodities broker from L.A. asking "the prettiest girl in the room" for her age.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As it turns out, there's something to be said for being in a rut. When Frank Armenta bought his twice-weekly SuperLotto ticket last week, he noticed it was checked for a lump-sum payment. The Santa Ana resident always bought tickets for payments over 26 years. Always Quick Pick, computer-generated numbers. A creature of habit, he made the clerk at the Chevron Food Mart in Tustin take it back and issue a new ticket. New numbers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As it turns out, there's something to be said for being in a rut. When Frank Armenta bought his twice-weekly SuperLotto ticket last week, he noticed it was checked for a lump-sum payment. The Santa Ana resident always bought tickets for payments over 26 years. Always Quick Pick, computer-generated numbers. A creature of habit, he made the clerk at the Chevron Food Mart in Tustin take it back and issue a new ticket. New numbers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1991 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whopping sales commissions are apparently not enough to satisfy some Santa Clarita Valley real estate agents. As an added incentive, some agencies are holding drawings in which prizes ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 are given away to agents who sell participating houses. The prizes are funded by homeowners eager to sell their properties and by real estate brokers representing sellers. But they also are against the law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leonardo Hernandez, the elusive California lottery winner from Santa Clarita who reportedly feared for his life if he claimed his $34-million share of last week's huge jackpot, finally showed up Monday to register for his prize. Hernandez, 32, bought his winning ticket at the urging of a clerk at Valencia Liquor in Newhall just a few hours before the winning numbers were read.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2001 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Victoria Hales marched into her supervisor's office Wednesday morning and demanded a raise for her overworked, underpaid staff of child development workers at the Colton Unified School District. A few hours later, 30 employees of the school district near San Bernardino, many of them child development workers, learned they had won the California Lottery's $15-million jackpot. The winners, who chose the cash option, will share a total of $7,743,016.
NEWS
March 6, 2001 | From Associated Press
The winner of California's third-largest SuperLotto Plus jackpot came forward Monday to claim her $89-million prize. Sang Cho bought the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven store, one of $5 worth of Quick Pick tickets. Cho is the largest individual winner in the California Lottery's history. She read the winning numbers in a newspaper Sunday. "I couldn't believe it. I jumped up and down and my blood pressure went up to 200. Luckily my husband is patient and cool, because I went crazy," she said.
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