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Mega Millions players flock to lucky doughnut shop in Long Beach

March 30, 2012 |  1:55 pm

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In Long Beach, a line of Mega Millions lottery players snaked from the cashier's counter at Country Donuts into the parking lot.

Over the years, this shop has come to symbolize luck -- ever since it sold the winning $134-million Mega Millions ticket in 2010.

On Friday, they appeared to be selling more lottery tickets than their sweet, deep-fried treats.

Because of a lack of parking, some people stayed in their cars and waited as their relatives stood in line in hopes of purchasing the winning ticket for a jackpot that's now worth at least $640 million.

Leonard Summerhill, 62, of Long Beach said he has won about $441 from lottery tickets bought at Country Donuts.

"It's a blessing," he said. "It's not about luck, it's not about any place; when it's your time to win, it's your time."

Summerville said he's unsure of what he'd do with the money if he's the winner. But if he doesn't win, he'll consider himself as part of the 99.9% that didn't win either.

"Hopefully God will have a hand in this," he said, "so that it falls in the hands of the right person."

Van Srey, 30, arrived wearing his blue Rite Aid vest before heading to work. It's his second visit to the doughnut shop this week in pursuit of a winning ticket.

"There's been big winners here a couple of years ago so I came back to try my luck again," Srey said.

In L.A.'s Koreatown, at the Vermont Shell Auto Center, a cashier named Kim was having trouble keeping up with the demand.

"It's killing me," she said. "Gas and Mega Millions. I've been so busy."


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