The Luckiest Spots in LA

Twenty-nine California stores sold tickets that matched 5 numbers, and several of those were in SoCal

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    NBC4's Angie Crouch captures the mood among people feeling Mega Millions Lottery mania on Friday, March 30, 2012. (Published Saturday, Mar 31, 2012)

    The winning ticket in Friday’s massive, historic $640 million jackpot was sold about 3,000 miles away in Maryland, but it wasn’t all bad news for Californians.

    Twenty-nine stores sold tickets that matched 5 numbers, and several of those were in SoCal,

    Bluebird Liquor in Hawthorne kept up their mystique by selling a 5 for 5 ticket. Customers waited for hours in a line that stretched out the door and down Hawthorne Boulevard for a chance to get their Mega Millions ticket from the “lucky” shop.

    Friday's Winning Numbers: 2-4-23-38-46, Mega Number 23

    Hollywood was even more electric than usual Friday night after word spread that Hollywood Bazaar on Hollywood Boulevard was among the 29 California sellers to dish out a lucky 5 for 5.

    Even though store owners don’t earn a cut if they sell a ticket with five matching digits, they said it’s still good for business.

    In many states, matching five numbers means the lucky ticket holders get $250,000. But in California it’s a little different.

    Golden State rules dictate five-for-five pay outs are decided by how many tickets are sold, and how many people need to split the jackpot. Experts estimate they’ll likely cash in about $100,000.

    The unprecedented jackpot brought people out in droves to try their luck, racking up about $14 million an hour in ticket sales, 32 cents of which goes to California public schools.

    The 29 Luckiest Spots in the State:

    Hollywood Bazaar
    6701 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, CA

    Raley’s #447
    4650 Natomas Blvd.
    Sacramento, CA

    Rapid Gas #081
    811 E Washington Blvd.
    Venice, CA

    Save Mart #386
    1172 N Main St.
    Manteca, CA

    Liquor Tobacco & More
    1283 S Mary Ave.
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Al’s Food and Liquor
    36 Medway Rd.
    San Rafael, CA

    SC Mini Mart
    2135 N San Fernando Rd.
    Los Angeles, CA

    7-Eleven
    2145 E Ball Rd.
    Anaheim, CA

    Grandview Liquor
    12203 Venice Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA

    News Plus Montebello
    1728 Montebello Town Center
    Montebello, CA

    7-Eleven
    617 Blossom Hill Rd.
    San Jose, CA

    K &J Liquor & Jr. Market
    938 E South St.
    Long Beach, CA

    Fillco
    1011 Imperial Ave.
    Calexico, CA

    Scripps Arco
    12033 Scripps Summit Dr.
    San Diego, CA

    Bluebird Liquor
    13746 S Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA

    7-Eleven
    7407 Van Nuys Blvd.
    Van Nuys, CA

    USA Donuts and Croissants
    11230 Garvey Ave., Suite A
    El Monte, CA

    Four Guy’s Liquor
    1203 E Main St.
    Santa Paula, CA

    Fast and Easy Mart #14
    34759 Ardenwood Blvd.
    Fremont, CA

    Chevron #2211
    215 Placerville
    Folsom, CA

    Canyon Liquor
    16507 Soledad Canyon Rd. #H
    Canyon Country, CA

    Haigs Liquor
    1230 W Francisquito Ave.
    West Covina, CA

    Jack’s Liquor
    910 Oakdale Rd.
    Modesto, CA

     First and Ivy Market
    2170 First Ave.
    San Diego, CA

    Rancho Murieta Country Store
    7175 Murietta Dr.
    Sloughhouse, CA

    Stockdale West Texaco
    13004 Stockdale Hwy
    Bakersfield, CA

    EZ Foodmart
    2106 Taft Hwy
    Bakersfield, CA

    Fox Liquors
    570 Larkin St.
    San Francisco, CA

    Clinton Keith Chevron
    23805 Clinton Keith Rd.
    Wildomar, CA

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