No winner in lottery jackpot, next drawing estimated at $170 million
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Someone is eventually going to win the state’s SuperLotto jackpot but not before it swells to a record $170 million.
Californians awoke early Thursday with a lottery hangover after learning that there were no winning tickets from the previous day’s draw. The numbers were one, four, 19, 28 and 46, and the “mega number,” which also was four. To win the jackpot, a person must hold all six.
Wednesday’s $136 million jackpot was the second-largest in state history. But lottery officials expect Saturday night’s draw will easily surpass the $141 million record set last year, which was won by Al Castellano of San Jose. Although players’ dreams were temporarily dashed, lottery officials said the jackpot would reach $170 million and possibly approach the $200 million mark by Saturday.
The biggest lottery payout in U.S. history was $363 million in May 2000 for the multistate Powerball game.
Most Californians couldn’t resist the lottery frenzy on Wednesday, lining up at liquor stores and supermarkets in a last-minute rush to buy tickets. When the numbers were announced at 8 p.m., many stopped what they were doing to watch the results on television.
In Hawthorne, hundreds lined up at Bluebird Liquor, which is listed as one of the state’s luckiest retailers on the California Lottery’s Web site. The store has sold three winning tickets for jackpots in the past decade, ranging from $1.2 million to $16 million.
Lucretia Payne of Los Angeles has purchased Lotto tickets at several locations statewide, but always comes to Bluebird when the jackpot is big. “It’s like going to Vegas and going to the hottest machine,” she said. “Your odds are better.”
People spent close to 90 minutes waiting to get into the store Wednesday afternoon. Many talked about how they would spend the money if they won.
David Campion, 39, of Lakewood attended Ash Wednesday Mass before stopping by Bluebird Liquor and said a little prayer for Lotto luck.
Many stores saw an upswing in customer traffic because of the lottery. At the Cutting Board Deli in downtown Los Angeles, owner Anne Wu said she had sold more than 4,500 tickets for Wednesday’s drawing, compared to about 1,200 for a normal jackpot.