SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Five players who bought MEGA Millions lottery tickets in the Bay Area — along with 24 other tickets bought in California — won nearly $230,000 each by matching five of six numbers in Friday night’s record-setting $640 million draw, according to state lottery officials.

The winning numbers were 2-4-23-38-46, Mega Ball 23.

At least five Bay Area stores sold tickets that matched five numbers. According to lottery officials, the tickets are worth $138,000.

Bay Area stores that sold tickets that matched five out of six include:
– Fox Liquors on Larkin Street in San Francisco
– Fast & Easy Mart on Ardenwood Blvd. in Fremont
– Al’s Liquor in San Rafael
– Liquor Tobacco & More in Sunnyvale
– 7-Eleven on Blossom Hill Road in San Jose

Because three tickets sold nationally — in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois — did match all six numbers in Friday night’s draw, Tuesday night’s MEGA Millions jackpot will be worth $12 million.

Friday’s jackpot exceeds the previous $390 million record, which was split in 2007 by two winners who bought tickets in Georgia and New Jersey.

In the Bay Area and across the country, Americans plunked down an estimated $1.5 billion on the longest of long shots: 1 in 176 million.

The rarity of Friday’s jackpot was fueling the fervor. Lines formed at grocery stores, gas stations, liquor stops and other venues throughout the nation.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments (5)
  1. tramky says:

    Suckers! LOL! ROFLMFAO!

  2. tn says:

    so 29 “winners” in California…. and how many tickets were purchased in California? So, 29 people defeated odds and punished with a monetary reward while the rest of the millions of lottery players were simply punished for playing.

  3. cynicalpeaches says:

    Lottery excitement an example of people acting on impulse and putting reasoning on the back burner.

    I’m wondering how many of the people who bought multiple tickets are now short on cash and unable to pay bills. Some of those people probably have children. It’s a given that some were in dire financial straits even before they bought the tickets. They acted in desperation, making a longshot bet when they saw no other options.

    There’s a responsibility involved in profitting from others’ losses. I hope some of the winners will consider donating to food banks, since there are families who have to resort to that after a parent gambles away the grocery money. This isn’t a time to judge people who have made mistakes. It’s a time to use wisdom and recognize that people are in need.

  4. Tom101010 says:

    Ok enough with all the negative comments people. Jeez, jealous of those who won? I myself played $30 dollars worth and only got $10 back of what I put out. Its called gambling….The sole idea of gambling IS to put “reasoning on the back burner” and gamble for a chance at a huge prize. In the case of the lottery, the loss (a few dollars here and there) is the lesser of two evils. If you loose, then your out a few bucks. If you win however, well you’ve struck it rich and can now help family, friends and your community. I personally would rather play and know I didn’t win than know I could have played and possibly won. While yes the odds are slim and there is a 1:176,000,000 chance of being the winner, you never know, you could be that 1. Its the simple things in life and the cheap thrill of imagining winning that brings some light into peoples lives. So that being said, no need for negative comments. Its a lottery, if you dont play, you dont win. If you dont think highly of the lottery for one reason or another, then dont play. Simple as that. Just some food for thought.

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