Mega Millions: California man claims $227,955 prize
A West Covina man has come forward as the one of the 29 Californians who hit five of six Mega Millions numbers for a $227,955 prize.
Erik Ricse, who owns a cellphone store in the San Gabriel Valley city, successfully matched the numbers 46, 23, 38, 4 and 2, and missed only the Mega number of 23. He bought the ticket at Haigs Liquor in West Covina.
Ricse plans to buy a house with the winnings and possibly look into expanding his business, according to a lottery news release.
No tickets purchased in California in the Mega Millions lottery had all six numbers to win the $640-million jackpot last Friday.
So far, eight of California's 29 five-of-six winners have come forward. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.
The three Mega Millions jackpot-winning tickets splitting the $656-million prize were purchased in Illinois, Maryland and Kansas.
Californians bought more than $300 million worth of lottery tickets in the run-up to last Friday's Mega Millions drawing, including $78 million on Friday.
— Stephen Ceasar and Matt Stevens