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$18 Million Lottery Ticket Sold In San Jose Amid Spike In Sales

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — A lottery mystery has surfaced in the South Bay after someone purchased a ticket at a San Jose café over the weekend with a value of nearly $20 million.

Bay Area residents seem to be rushing to buy lottery tickets lately, with the coronavirus pandemic apparently fueling a spike in sales.

In South San Jose last Saturday, Café Paradise sold a lottery ticket that turned out to be worth $18 million.

The café owners enjoy their privacy and didn’t want cameras inside. They also wouldn’t comment on selling the lucky ticket. Their cut in the winning prize is $90,000.

California Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Becker confirmed that the winner had yet to claim their price.

“The time line for someone to come forward is always varying. You know, sometimes people don’t realize they win. Sometimes they realize right away but they want to think about their next step very carefully. I encourage that,” said Becker.

Just down the street at the AM/PM store and Chevron gas station, locals like Freddie Sidbury were just hearing the news.

“I’ve been in this neighborhood over 30 years. It’s not mine!” said Sidbury with a laugh. “Boy! That’s amazing.”

Despite the fact that the winning ticket wasn’t even sold there, people were buying Lotto tickets left and right. They are also buying lots of scratchers.

“Just last week, we actually hit an all-time high for scratcher sales in one week,” said Becker.

Normally, they sell 90 million scratcher tickets per week, but these are not normal times. Last week, sales topped 129 million scratchers sold. They are also paying out big.

“We have recently, here in the Sacramento area, one person who won $10 million playing a scratcher,” said Becker.

The available prize in all lottery games combined this week means there is three quarters of a billion dollars in play this week.

Sidbury wasn’t surprised the $18 million winner had yet to come forward.

“I don’t blame ’em. I’d wait until I could find a way to do it secretly. You know how things are today,” said Sidbury. “You’re going to create a lot of relatives that you didn’t have before!”

A lottery mystery has surfaced in the South Bay after someone purchased a ticket at a San Jose café over the weekend with a value of nearly $20 million.

Winning Mega Millions ticket sold for $522M jackpot in San Jose

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The numbers have been drawn for the the fifth-largest Mega Millions jackpot in the multi-state game’s 16-year history – and at least one winning ticket was sold in California..

The jackpot was estimated at $522 million for Tuesday night’s 8 p.m. drawing.

California Lottery officials said a ticket with all the winning numbers was sold in San Jose, at Ernie’s Liquors. Results from other states are still pending, to see if the San Jose winner may have to divide the winnings.

The numbers drawn Tuesday night were: 1 2 4 19 29 Mega: 20

The jackpot amount has been climbing since May 8 this year and it took 22 draws to reach this amount, said Tracey Cohen, Chief Operating Officer of D.C. Lottery.

“It’s really exciting. It’s wonderful to see the jackpot climbing and to see people involved and engaged in the drawing and the possibility of winning.”

But if you do win the jackpot and want your prize money in cash immediately, that amount won’t all be yours. You’ll be taking home a far smaller but still impressive sum of $308.1 million – before taxes.

To take home the entire $522 million, you’ll have to be a little more patient, and choose the annuity payments option – one immediate payment of $7.8 million, and then annual graduated payments for 29 years, she said.

Before the drawing, Southern Californians lined up at “lucky” retailers across the region.

Although the odds of matching all six numbers is less than 1 in 302 million, that didn’t stop Gwen Repulse from buying a ticket at Bluebird Liquor in Hawthorne.

If Repulse wins, the Hawthorne resident wants to “help some people who have been bullied and women in domestic violence.”

“Don’t hit a woman,” she said. “That’s it, and don’t bully anybody.”

Bluebird Liquor has a history of producing winning lottery tickets, proudly displaying them on its ceiling and walls. Inside the store is a miniature bluebird that people traditionally rub for good luck after they buy a ticket.

“I’d pay off my house, go on a nice vacation, finish my kids’ college tuitions,” El Segundo resident Frank Hyland said.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million in 2012, although none of those winners were from California.

ABC News contributed to this report.

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