$180 Million Lotto Jackpot Sold in Riverside County - NBC Southern California

$180 Million Lotto Jackpot Sold in Riverside County



    Someone hit a $180 million Mega Millions jackpot in the tiny Riverside County city of Calimesa. Reggie Kumar reports from Calimesa for the NBC4 News at 6 on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (Published Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014)

    The Inland Empire is on a roll.

    Just five weeks after a Fontana store churned out a $60 million Powerball winner, a Mega Millions ticket worth $180 million was recently purchased in Riverside County, California Lottery officials said.

    The ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven convenience store at 301 County Line Road in Calimesa, a tiny town of about 8,000 people in Eastern Riverside County.

    “Someone - most likely in this town - has just become an instant multi-millionaire,” said California Lottery spokesman Roger Rice.

    Lotto officials said it is unclear who matched all six winning numbers, but the lucky player has a year to claim the multi-million dollar prize.

    The convenience store is also a winner, taking in a $900,000 retailer bonus check.

    "(I'm) very excited. I didn’t sleep all night I was getting all the phone calls, text messages from our friends, family,” said Monira Begum, the 7 Eleven store owner.

    Begnum and her husban will have to split their money with the 7-Eleven corporation.