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SoCal family claims $112M Mega Millions lottery jackpot

May 19, 2007, 10:22 am

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Mega Millions

A Southern California family claimed their winning ticket Wednesday in the $112 million Mega Millions lottery drawing.
Robert Stafford and his adult children, Robert Jr. and Cynthia, said they bought a $2 quick-pick ticket from a Hawthorne market for Friday night's drawing.

Their purchase became the fifth winning Mega Millions ticket sold in California.

"I'm just so excited, I'm happy. It's a dream come true," Cynthia Stafford said with a wide smile and a giggle.

The family chose to take a cash prize of approximately $67 million and split it, California Lottery officials said.

Cynthia Stafford said she planned to use some of the money to start college funds for four nieces and nephews she adopted after her youngest brother was killed in a car accident.

"I'm going to put it to good use," she said.

The winning numbers were 28, 30, 33, 48, and 54. The Mega Ball number was 25.

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