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Jackpot winner does her homework

Laarni Bibal

Drawing Date: 6/7/2019

September 17, 2019 - Laarni Bibal didn’t think much of it when she bought her ticket for the Mega Millions draw on June 7th. That is, until the next day when she heard that a California ticket had hit the jackpot and was purchased at her usual retail store. “My heart started beating really fast!” the lucky winner explained.

Bibal purchased her ticket, as she often does, at Sorrento Deli Mart, which is located at 10920 Roselle Street, Suite 109-110 in San Diego. Her numbers chosen through Quick Pick (27-68-17-19-40 and the Mega number 2) matched all six numbers chosen and won her the jackpot prize of $522 million! Bibal chose the cash option and will receive $340 million (before federal taxes). Sorrento Deli Mart will also collect a retailer bonus of $1 million just for selling the winning ticket. (This bonus is not subtracted from the winner’s prize.)

Bibal took some time before claiming her ticket and used the Lottery’s Winners Handbook for information on becoming California newest millionaire. She plans to pay off debt and buy a house with her prize. When asked where she kept the ticket while waiting to claim, she replied, “In a secret hiding place.” When asked where that was, she said, “I can’t tell you. The secret hiding place is still a secret!”