$115 million Superlotto Plus jackpot state’s third-largest
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wednesday’s SuperLotto Plus jackpot, expected to be $115 million, is estimated to become the third-largest jackpot in the California Lottery’s 16-year history, a lottery official said Sunday.
The prize climbed when no ticket matched all six numbers drawn for the Saturday SuperLotto Plus game, which had an $88 million jackpot. The numbers drawn Saturday were: 8-22-28-37-43; Meganumber 6.
Wednesday’s estimated prize falls $3.8 million short of the second-largest jackpot won in 1991, said Lottery spokeswoman Cathy Doyle Johnston. That $118.8 million jackpot was divided among 54 winners holding 10 tickets.
Last June, a retired grocery clerk from San Jose, Calif., won $141 million, the biggest single-state lottery jackpot in U.S. history. Alcario Castellano chose to accept a lump sum $70.8 million, or about $50.9 million after taxes.
The estimated $115 million new jackpot figure could rise Monday when lottery officials review Saturday sales figures.
Retailers reported a surge in sales Saturday, from morning up until 7:45 p.m., the final moment to purchase a ticket before the draw.
Alex Wang, 56, owner of Union Avenue Liquors in San Jose which sold the winning $141 million ticket last year to Castellano, estimated 20 percent more customers bought SuperLotto tickets at his store Saturday.
“Most people bought $10 to $20 worth of tickets,” he said. “The minimum amount spent was probably $5. Very few would spend just a dollar.”
Since his store became famous for selling Castellano the winning ticket, Wang said Sunday he’s had many new lottery customers. His regular, Castellano, the multimillionaire, came in Saturday to buy SuperLotto tickets.
“He usually shows up whenever there’s a big draw,” Wang said. “He has a lot of time on his hands now.”