A new flashy poster hangs high at the 7-ELEVEN on Pacific Avenue in Stockton. Someone became $8 million richer overnight, after hitting all the numbers for the SuperLotto Plus.
Winning numbers were: 5-12-24-25-36. MEGA: 4
Sukhi Sandu has been a 7-ELEVEN franchise owner for 15 years. This is the first time he has sold a winning jackpot ticket. For that, his store will receive about $40,000 in prize money.
“I can’t wait to meet that lucky person,” Sandhu said. “A half percent of the total jackpot. New years has started our real well.”
The celebration does not end there. About a minute drive away, another convenience store is beating the odds. No one hit the national $949 million dollar Powerball Saturday night.
Winning numbers were: 16-19-32-34-57 POWERBALL: 13
However, there were six people in California who got a second-tier prize after choosing five of the six numbers correctly. They each won $780,000.
One of those tickets came from the Parkwood Gas and Food, also in Stockton.
“My daughter said someone won again, so I said I better get here quick,” lottery player, Janet Bell said.
In September 2014, this same store sold an $11 million SuperLotto ticket. Since then, there have been more superstitious repeat customers.
Last week, 81-year-old Bell chose her Powerball numbers but did not win. So this time, she chose the Quick Pick.
“Come on, guardian angel! Come on!” Bell chanted, while rubbing her ticket.
She is now hoping to win the now $1.3 billion (yes, that’s billion with a “b”) Powerball Jackpot. It is the largest jackpot in lottery history.
With two winning tickets sold at convenience stores just a half mile apart, many people say this is a win for the City of Stockton.
“This means at least two people in Stockton are getting something, and hopefully those people have the kindness in their heart to give back. Spread a little to their families, and the community,” Victor Jose, Assistant Manager of Parkwood Gas and Food, said.
Whatever the plan may be, winners have a year to come claim their prize money.
“Some people come right away, some people take their time. Some like to let the madness calm a little bit. And it all depends on them when they feel comfortable,” Ernesto Medina of the CA Lottery said.
The next Powerball winning numbers will be chosen Wednesday, January 13, 2016.