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April 19, 1988 | Associated Press
A 66-year-old Bakersfield man won $15.3 million over the weekend playing lotto, California Lottery officials said Monday. The winner was George Swirin, a retiree who picked the six main numbers drawn Saturday in the computerized game. The numbers were 41, 35, 40, 48, 6, and 13. The bonus number was 36. Three other players picked five of the six numbers plus the bonus number to split the second-place prize of $1.6 million.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1995 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, Cindy Nord and Sandy Richard were middle-class homemakers, content to raise their families in the modest Downey neighborhood they call home. * On Thursday, the 34-year-old twins found new wealth in a winning lottery ticket worth $34 million that one of them purchased the night before at a neighborhood convenience store. The Super Lotto payoff: $612,000 a year for each woman--after taxes--for the next 20 years.
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.
NEWS
October 27, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
If your Lotto numbers don't match the winning six on Saturday's drawing, hold on to that ticket. California State Lottery officials are going to give you a second chance in a "Dream Birthday" drawing immediately after the regular drawing. A grand prize of $100,000 will be awarded to one winner whose ticket matches all six numbers in the Dream Birthday drawing. But there is a catch: The entire $100,000 has to be spent within a 24-hour period on the winner's next birthday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1990 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An elementary school teacher who lives in a Fullerton apartment house is thinking about buying a home of her own after winning $1 million in the Big Spin on Saturday. "I want to have a small house so that I can have cats and dogs and do my own thing," said Char Leonard, 54. "It will be nice to retire and have a better life."
SPORTS
June 17, 1997 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
'When we win the lottery, we're going to. . . ." How many times have you heard someone say that? Followed by, "take a trip around the world," or "buy a place in Hawaii," or "buy Mom a new house and put aside the kids' college tuition" or. . . . Kenny and Marylou Smith of El Monte hit it big in Super Lotto, winning $22.8 million in 1994. Every Sept. 17 until 2014, they get a check for $883,217 from the state of California. And so they're off to see the world? Nope.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1996 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a far cry from $13 million, the value of this week's winning Super Lotto ticket. But the $65,000 bonus that goes to the seller of the lucky ticket will make Christmas considerably brighter for two widowed sisters struggling to keep Ringside Liquors afloat. "We are not so young anymore to work this hard," said Ki Hyang Nam, 60, who immigrated from Korea with her sister, Ki Yol Nam, 18 years ago. "So we were thinking maybe we have to sell the store." They thought that until Thursday, that is.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1993 | STACY WONG
Lorenzo Cerezo often worried about paying the $710 monthly rent on the two-bedroom Placentia apartment he shares with his mother and sister, but now he talks about buying a house. As the purchaser of one of three winning SuperLotto tickets, Cerezo will split a $62.2-million jackpot--the third-largest in California Lottery history, according to officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND and TERRY SPENCER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
At a little liquor store near Nohl Ranch Road and Serrano Avenue, Lotto fever was much in evidence Monday when an Illinois businessman ordered $30,000 worth of tickets--believed to be the largest single lottery purchase ever in the county. Phil Gillespie of the U.S. Lottery Group based in Monticello, Ill., bought the 30,000 chances for thousands of his clients nationwide.
BUSINESS
March 7, 1991 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The State Bar of California is investigating whether some Los Angeles immigration lawyers are charging excessive fees to enter clients in a hard-to-win State Department lottery for all-important U.S. visas. Charles S. Vogel, State Bar president, asked for the review Wednesday in response to a Times account that said lawyers are charging up to $1,000 to enter clients in the lottery--even though the State Department says no lawyer is needed.
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