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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Californians who keep their winning Mega Millions lottery tickets in their sock drawers will soon get an additional six months to dig them out and cash them in. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Wednesday that extends the time for claiming a jackpot in the multi-state lottery game from six months to a year. The change, effective Jan.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2005 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Mega Millions -- the 11-state game with bigger jackpots and steeper odds than California's SuperLotto Plus -- will launch next week despite a new legal opinion concluding that the California Lottery lacks authority to join such a game, officials said Wednesday. Tickets are expected to go on sale June 22 despite a legislative counsel opinion that says no provision of the 1984 initiative that created the California Lottery allows it to join a multi-state or international lottery. State Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2007 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Zorina Kroop, a businesswoman who helped build up a thriving overnight janitorial service over the past 27 years, cleaned up somewhere new this week: the lottery. The 63-year-old Sherman Oaks resident will be announced today by California Lottery officials as the winner of a $60-million Mega Millions jackpot. Kroop found out that she was the big winner in the multi-state game late Wednesday when she dropped by the 7-Eleven store where for years she has bought lottery tickets twice a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2009 | Ching-Ching Ni
Kim Ky Noodle House in San Gabriel is best known for its simple and affordable fare. A bowl of noodles goes for less than $5. But after a customer purchased a winning lottery ticket there last week worth $166.5 million -- the second-biggest Mega Millions jackpot in California history -- the restaurant became an instant landmark. "People from Monrovia, L.A., even San Francisco called to get our address," restaurant manager Linda Wong said during the lunch rush Tuesday. "They say, 'I never heard of you before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
California's entrance last month into the Powerball lottery game is helping swell the jackpot, which now stands at  more than $600 million. “California joined and all of a sudden everyone's luck ran out,” California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso joked. Traverso said officials expect about $10 million in California ticket sales Friday. On the Friday of a record-setting Mega Millions draw, he said tickets were selling in California at a pace of $5 million worth per hour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Bigger jackpots -- like Wednesday night's $400-million Powerball drawing -- are attracting more players and excitement to the California Lottery after years of decline, officials say. Just two months ago, the Mega Millions game produced a $648-million jackpot, and the Powerball had a $400-million jackpot about five months ago. The turnaround is the result of changes made to the lottery in 2010, when revenues were falling. The changes brought bigger prizes, but they also altered the formula for how much revenue schools receive.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A truck driver claimed half of a $390-million Mega Millions jackpot, the richest lottery prize in U.S. history. "I'm going to do a lot of fishing," said Ed Nabors, 52, of Rocky Face, about 90 miles north of Atlanta. He elected to take his winnings in a lump sum instead of annual installments, and will get $116.5 million before taxes, or more than $80 million after.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2010
For Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 Mega Millions Mega number is bold 1-10-22-23-38--Mega 19 Jackpot: $144 million California winners per category: No. of winners Amount of prize(s) 5 + Mega 0 -- 5 2 $301,748 4 + Mega 13 $6,669 4 401 $144 3 + Mega 526 $125 3 19,972 $7 2 + Mega 8,152 $8 1 + Mega 47,252 $2 Mega only 83,999 $2 Winning jackpot ticket(s)
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November 30, 2012 | Times staff and wire reports
DEARBORN, Mo. - Powerball fever carried an edge of anticipation Thursday as Missouri lottery officials said they had verified one of two tickets that matched all six numbers to split a $588-million jackpot, but that ticket holder - and another in Arizona - remained a mystery. The winning tickets were sold at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix and a gas station in Dearborn, just off Interstate 29. Missouri lottery officials said they had verified a ticket presented to them that included all winning numbers - 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and the Powerball, 6 - and scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Friday.
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