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$87 Million Superlotto Jackpot Goes to Single Winner in California

19 June 1999

The third largest jackpot in California lottery history--a whopping 87 million bucks--has made a Southern California man the beneficiary of that state's largest ever individual prize.

The lucky winner, Salvador Gonzalez, came forth Wednesday to claim his prize, which was won June 9. Gonzalez, who chose his numbers randomly, was playing pool when he decided to by his tickets. He chose not to hold a press conference, but stated that he plans to use his prize money to buy a new home, a new car and a motor home for traveling throughout the country with his wife.

The winning ticket for the $87 million will be paid out to Gonzalez as a cash option prize of $40,674,832 million before federal tax withholding of 28 percent. The $87 million is the largest single ticket prize won in California and the largest individual prize won in the history of the California Lottery. Prior to this the largest individual prize winner in California Lottery was Augustine Chiarenza of Lompoc, who won $51.6 million. The next individual prize winner in California Lottery history was Tom Tehee of Ontario, who won $45.3 million.

The $87 million jackpot is the third largest in California Lottery history and the largest SuperLotto prize since April 8, 1998, when the second largest jackpot of $104 million was split by 3 winning tickets and 24 winners. The largest California jackpot was $118.8 million on April 17, 1991, split by ten winning tickets and shared by a total of 54 winners. This $118.8 jackpot holds the record for the largest single-state Lottery jackpot in the United States.

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