Triple Lottery Win Still Unclaimed

Three identical Mega Millions lottery tickets were sold

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010  |  Updated 9:59 AM PDT
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Store Waits for Sign of Triple Lottery Winner

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Store Waits for Sign of Triple Lottery Winner

A Solana Beach store owner was excited to learn three winning Mega Millions tickets were purchased at his store. Now, he waits to learn who is the lucky winner.
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Someone is sitting on not one, not two but three winning Mega Millions tickets.

Five identical Mega Millions lottery tickets, now worth $204,482 each, were sold for the April 30 drawing. Three of those five were sold in one place - the Qwik Korner Deli & Grocery in Solana Beach.

No one has contacted the local lottery headquarters asking about redeeming the tickets for their prize.

Lottery officials could not say if the winning tickets were purchased by the same person but a spokesperson for the lottery said it's not uncommon for the same person to claim a prize with duplicate tickets.

Players will use the advance draw system and sometimes forget that they've already played, the spokesperson said. That can result in overlapping weeks.

Although even she admitted that three duplicate tickets were a little unusual.

The owner of the family-run store, Danny Yaldo said he didn't get any money from the three winning tickets sold at his store.  He would receive .5% of the winnings only if all six numbers were chosen correctly. Still, his reputation as being a "lucky" store has been attracting business.

Two other winning Mega Millions tickets were sold in California: one was bought in Garden Grove and another was purchased in the Sierra foothill town of La Grange.

All included the winning numbers 14, 20, 41, 47 and 53, but missed having the winning Mega number -- 40.

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