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Morris Manji stands in front of sign the California Lottery gave him after selling a winning $1.9 million ticket
A local won $1.9 million of the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a San Bruno liquor store, California Lottery officials said Wednesday.
The lucky ticket was sold Sunday night at Huntington Liquor, located at 763 Huntington Ave. in San Bruno, to a regular customer, the store owner Morris Manji, 41, believes.
The owner of the ticket, who Manji believes is a taxi cab driver, matched five of six numbers in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions draw and is due to receive a check for $1.9 million. The winning numbers were 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51. The ticket buyer turned in the winning ticket Wednesday morning in the South San Francisco California Lottery office, he said. Lottery officials confirmed someone turned in a ticket, but are still verifying it.
Lottery officials said Manji will also cash in with a $10,000 payment for selling the ticket. He’s not sure what he’ll do with the extra cash yet, but says this is the perfect timing for the win since it’s a free advertisement for his store which has had trouble with business because of the San Bruno grade separation project right outside his store.
“I was very surprised,” said Manji, who’s owned the store for three and a half years. “I found out at 4 a.m. — I saw a text from an employee.”
The grade separation project is wrapping up and Caltrain passengers will soon have access to the new grade-separated San Bruno station, while customers will have easier access to Manji’s store. The elevated station will be open to the public beginning April 1. Since 2010, Caltrain customers have been using a temporary boarding platform on Huntington Avenue near Sylvan Avenue. March 31 will be the last day of service at that site, with the new station opening up a half-mile to the north at 833 San Mateo Ave. In May, Caltrain is planning a community celebration to mark the completion of the grade separation project.
Manji himself may be good luck. Back in August 2013, Wes Liquor, a store on West 25th Avenue in San Mateo he owned prior to then, sold a winning Powerball ticket.
The ticket would have needed to match the Mega number 7 to split the $414 million jackpot with two other winners in Florida and Maryland, Lotto officials said.
The name of the winner has yet to be released.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.
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