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Oct 21, 2010 12:45 AM by Ariel Wesler

Local lottery winner claims his cash

Morro Bay's lottery winner has finally come forward after almost two months. California Lottery officials say John Davis of Morro Bay turned in his $135 million ticket this morning at one of their district offices. It's the sixth largest jackpot in California Lottery history.

Martha Enriquez works at Bottle Liquor and Deli in Morro Bay. She was the one who initially verified John Davis had the lucky ticket worth $135 million.

"They were all the right numbers and he won, so we just hugged and I cried. It was so exciting because he's just a really decent person," Enriquez said.

Davis successfully matched all six numbers in the Mega Millions jackpot on August 27th. Soon after, Bottle Liquor and Deli also received a $675,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Since then, the store says lottery sales have quadrupled.

"People have come by from the valley and taken pictures of the winning store. They touch it like it's the blarney stone and we're such good luck," Enriquez said.

Until now, rumors about Davis had been circulating throughout town--some even said he had lost the ticket. The lottery says Davis chose the cash option and will take home more than $93 million before taxes. Folks describe him as a good guy and just hope the nice chunk of change won't change him.

"Maybe he'll spend more money here," Enriquez laughed.

Employees at Bottle Liquor and Deli say Davis regularly purchased lottery tickets and scratchers. He formerly worked as a barber in town, but since winning, residents say he has left the area.

The lottery says since it started 25 years ago, players have contributed more than $23 billion to education in their quest to become millionaires.


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