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San Diego woman claims half-billion dollar Mega Millions ticket

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A San Diego woman has come forward as the winner of June’s half-billion dollar Mega Millions jackpot.

Laarni Bibal took some time before claiming her $522-million win, according to CA Lottery officials, using the Lottery’s Winners Handbook for information on how to navigate the newfound riches.

“My heart started beating really fast!” Bibal said, recalling the moment she saw her ticket’s numbers match the drawing.

Bibal purchased her ticket at Sorrento Deli Mart in Sorrento Valley a day before the June 8 drawing. Her Quick Pick ticket matched the winning numbers 27-68-17-19-40 and the Mega number 2.

The day the winning ticket was revealed, the store’s owners told 10News he had, “no idea [who won] . Hopefully it’s a group who won it. Whoever it is, I’m happy for them. And I’m glad it was in our store.”

Since the big win, Bibal kept the ticket hidden before coming forward to claim her winnings, telling lottery officials it’s, “in a secret hiding place. I can’t tell you. The secret hiding place is still a secret!”

Bibal chose to take the cash option of $340 million (before federal taxes) and Sorrento Deli Mart will receive a $1 million bonus for selling the ticket.

The new multi-millionaire says she plans to pay off her debt and purchase a new home with the money.

A San Diego woman has come forward as the winner of June's half-billion dollar Mega Millions jackpot.

Powerball Ticket With 5 Winning Numbers Sold In San Diego

One lucky local lottery player is holding a ticket worth $33,827.

    City News Service , News Partner

SAN DIEGO, CA — A ticket with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number, in Saturday evening’s multi-state Powerball lottery was sold at a convenience store in San Diego and is worth $33,827, the California Lottery announced.

There were six other tickets sold in California with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number.

California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be paid on a pari-mutuel basis.

A ticket with all six numbers was sold in New Jersey and the ticket holder has the choice between receiving the $20 million jackpot in 30 graduated payments over 29 years or a lump sum payment of $15.4 million, the Multi-State Lottery Association, which conducts the game, announced.

This was the second consecutive drawing a ticket with all six numbers has been sold following a record 35 consecutive drawings without a jackpot winner. The jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing grew to $731.1 million, the sixth- largest in U.S. history. It was won by a person who purchased a ticket in Maryland.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is 1 in about 293 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.87.

The Powerball game is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

The jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing will be $20 million.

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