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Mega Millions lottery player wins $206 million (but not in L.A.)

December 28, 2011 |  9:02 am

Mega Millions has a $206-million winner. But not in Southern California. The mega-lucky jackpot winner was on the opposite coast in New York.

On Tuesday night, the winning numbers 23, 32, 33, 39, 43 and a mega ball number of 8 were found on one winning ticket nationwide, according to the lottery's website.

The winner must match all six numbers and the powerball. As of Wednesday morning nobody had come forward to claim the prize.

If the winner goes for the cash option, he or she could take home $151.9 million after taxes.

This is the second time this year that a ticket sold in New York has hit a Mega Millions jackpot in excess of $200 million. The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won was $390 million but was split between two winners.

The last time a person in California won was in May 2010 when a Southern California resident hit a 216-million jackpot.

Mega Millions is a multistate lottery game played in 42 states including California.


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