Two San Diego women who split the bill on 20 lottery tickets are now splitting a huge prize that has made them both instant millionaires. NBC 7's Matt Rascone reports.
Two San Diego women who split the bill on a bunch of lottery tickets are now splitting a huge prize that has made them both instant millionaires.
According to California Lottery officials, local residents Jennifer Carney and Kathryn Rosensweet recently bought a lucky Mega Millions ticket worth $2,621,916 at Fuller Liquor and Deli located at 3896 Rosecrans St.
Their ticket matched five numbers in the record-breaking Mega Millions drawing on Dec. 17, missing only the Mega number 7.
Lotto officials say the women purchased 20 tickets together at the liquor store in San Diego. The one that won was a Quick Pick that successfully matched the numbers 8, 20, 14, 17 and 39.
While Carney and Rosensweet didn’t win the whopping $648 million jackpot, the locals are thrilled with their prize and already have big plans for their newfound cash.
“I’m paying off my house,” said Carney. “I hope to continue life as normal, just a little more comfortable.”
Rosensweet plans to spend her share on new carpet for her home.
“The money is already spent!” she said.
In the meantime, Fuller Liquor and Deli will also receive a retailer bonus of about $13,000 for selling the winning ticket. Lotto officials recently delivered a super-sized winner’s check to store co-owner Martin Salem (pictured below).
Although the ultimate Mega Millions jackpot winners from last month's $648 million drawing turned out to be San Jose, Calif., resident Steve Tran and Georgia resident Ira Curry, San Diego County got pretty lucky in the lotto game that night.
Besides the aforementioned ticket belonging to Carney and Rosensweet, lottery officials say another ticket sold in the county that also matched five numbers.
That ticket was sold at Square Bottle Liquor at 21 Naples in Chula Vista. It too is worth $2.6 million but that winner has yet to come forward to claim the prize.