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$32 million Mega Millions ticket claimed in LA area

Jun 18, 2012, 7:00 am

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The numbers are baffling. The jackpot in the Mega Millions draw on Tuesday, May 29 was huge — $32 million. That money will soon be Cindy Huynh's to enjoy.

Huynh walked into the California Lottery's Santa Ana District Office and submitted her winning ticket. That lucky little slip of paper hit the numbers 2, 14, 29, 53, 55, and the Mega number of 31. The riches are so overwhelming that Huynh said she has barely slept or eaten since realizing that she, and only she, can lay claim to the jackpot prize.

Also stunning, is what Huynh had been doing with her ticket since she purchased it at Aquapuro, which is located at 1151 East Holt Avenue in Pomona (Los Angeles County). Huynh had the slip buried in her purse. She casually carried the bag and ticket around, often setting the purse down, completely unaware of the paper's colossal value. That nonchalant attitude quickly changed the moment she checked the numbers on her Quick Pick ticket. Huynh immediately went into a protective mode. "I hid it. I made a photo copy to show my family members. I hid the original," Huynh explained.

Even though the ticket is now safely out of her hands, she is unable to relax and talk about her future plans. "My mind is kind of blank. I need to calm down first," Huynh said.

She isn't the only one financially impacted by the draw. The retailer, Aquapuro, will receive $160,000 for selling the winning ticket.

A different ticket sold in Rancho Santa Margarita (Orange County) matched five numbers. Lottery player Darrell Norris said the $179,442 he won is more than enough to keep him from feeling bad about missing the Mega. "I'm pretty excited for them," Norris said.

May was a tremendous month for California Lottery Players. On May 15, a ticket sold in Los Angeles hit a Mega Millions jackpot worth $25 million and has since been claimed. However, a SuperLotto Plus ticket that hit a $23 million jackpot on Wednesday, May 30 remains unclaimed. That ticket was purchased at Michael's Market & Liquor, which is located at 37935 47th Street East in Palmdale (Los Angeles County). The winning numbers were 14, 7, 26, 31, 23, and Mega 5.

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