|Three unknown winners are today expected to claim their share of the $193 million Californian SuperLotto Plus. They matched winning numbers 6-11-31-32-39 this weekend. But the President's Day holiday meant the winners had to wait until today to present their tickets to state lottery officials.|
The Associated Press report that the winning tickets were sold at: an Albertsons in Half Moon Bay in the northern part of the state, and at 7-Eleven stores, one in Orange and one in Montebello in the south.The store owners will receive £321.666 each for selling the tickets.
Byron Bennett, owner of the Montebello 7-Eleven, has already learned, in a 5 am phone call, that his store sold a winning ticket. 'I thought at first it might be my friend playing a little trick on me,' said Bennett, who must share half of his winnings with the convenience store chain. 'My wife couldn't believe I was so calm.'The $193 million sum is the largest single-state jackpot, and the fifth largest multi-state.
In the hours leading up to Saturday night's drawing, Californians made a mad dash to buy tickets.So did throngs of buyers from Mexicali, Mexico, who live on the border.The jackpot was such a draw that Web sites sprang up to illegally offer SuperLotto tickets to out-of-state buyers who didn't come to California. The rules state that a ticket must be bought in person, lottery officials said.