An unknown person purchased a lottery ticket that was one number away from hitting Tuesday's $433-million jackpot, and that was news Wednesday morning to the Mission Valley gas station-convenience store that sold it.
“We haven’t heard anything,” said Greg Shellenberger, United Oil retail consultant. “No one has let us know.”
The ticket missed only the Mega number, 43, and it paid out to $297,525.
Shellenberger called the California Lottery and, before 10:15 a.m., received confirmation the station indeed sold a winner.
That was the good news.
The bad news was because the jackpot was not hit, the store will not not receive a commission on the winnings.
“We’re very pleased with it regardless whether we get any of it ourselves,” Shellenberger said. “We’re devoted to happy customers, and it’s a huge plus for our company.”
He added: “Hopefully the person comes back and hooks up the employees or something.”
If the unknown customer did hit the jackpot, the store would have received half of one percent of the winnings, or $1.22 million.
Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot will be worth $304 million, the sixth largest figure in the lottery's history.