A lottery ticket sold in Coalinga earned someone about $3.4 million on Friday night.
The Mega Millions ticket purchased at Ice Bucket/Chevron, located at 307 W. Elm St., matched five of six numbers drawn Friday night.
California Lottery officials on Saturday didn’t say whether the winner had claimed the prize.
The store owners who sold the winning ticket, purchased for $1, received a check Saturday morning for $17,000: half of 1% of the winning amount. The amount is not pulled from the winner’s prize, so the owners didn’t have to wait for the winner to step forward.
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The Coalinga gas station, deli and car wash opened 18 years ago and is owned by Gerard and Gail Filipe, and Larry and Andrea Filipe.
“Everyone is excited,” said Gerard Filipe. “We’ve got a pretty good buzz around our little small town.”
He said it was the third time the Ice Bucket partnership sold a lottery ticket worth millions. A Coalinga liquor store he previously owned sold two big winners, each worth around $4 million, within a year in the late ’80s.
“I feel blessed,” Gerard Filipe said Saturday. “We’ve had some luck.”
The Chevron owners plan to use their $17,000 to maintain their business and give their employees a bonus.
Of the unknown lottery winner, Gerard Filipe said, “I wish them a blessed life and that everything goes well for them.”
The winner’s ticket matched the winning numbers of 4-74-44-20-65, missing only the Mega number 14.
No one hit the jackpot Friday night, so the top prize for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing increased to an estimated $88 million. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim any Mega Millions prize that isn’t the jackpot. Those who hit the “big one” have up to a year.