Kern County Lottery Winner Caught A Big One

Man Wins $259,268

He didn’t match all six numbers in Friday night’s $290 million MEGA Millions® jackpot draw, but George Saupe isn’t complaining about the one that got away.

Saupe was one of the seven lucky California Lottery players who did match five of six. Now the retiree is thinking about the different ways he can enjoy his $259,268 prize.

“I love to fly fish. I’m going to some of the places I’ve never been,” Saupe said. He has some of the spots mapped out. He’s been reading about them in a book on the best places to fly fish in the United States.

Saupe purchased his ticket at Primo’s Liquor & deli, which is located at 13435 Sierra Way in Kernville (Kern County). His ticket matched the numbers 6, 17, 19, 20, 21, and missed only the Mega number of 20.

Since no one matched all six numbers in Friday night’s draw, tonight’s jackpot will be worth an outrageous $363 million. The estimated cash option for Tuesday’s draw is $$259.8 million.

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, keep tickets in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.

MEGA Millions is a multistate game, played in California and 43 other jurisdictions (41 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Players pick five numbers from 1 to 56 plus a Mega number from 1 to 46. Draw times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. PST. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s MEGA Millions site for more information.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $24 billion to education. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

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