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Aug 30, 2010 9:49 PM by Ariel Wesler

Locals say Morro Bay lottery winner is a barber

Morro Bay has a new multi-millionaire courtesy of the California lottery. The winner holds a ticket worth $133 million from Friday's Mega-Millions jackpot. No one has officially come forward, but the community is certainly talking.

Morro Bay is a buzz about a barber named John Davis. He works with his mom at Mike's Barber Shop on Main Street. Nothing is official yet, but if you ask around, locals will tell you he's the one who won $133 million in Friday's Mega-Millions lottery.

"My daughter and I saw him walking Farmer's market Saturday. We congratulated him and said you know. We're very happy for you and of course, he said, "Hi" I think it's still on the low key," said Summer Birchell, who works across the street from the barber shop.

When you win the fourth largest jackpot in state history, people talk.

"It is very exciting. I think it puts Morro Bay on the map and this small little town, we could use that. A little publicity goes a long way," Birchell said.

The store Bottle Liquor which sold the winning ticket has seen people pouring in.

"Saying congratulations, real good attitude. People are excited," said Chuck Harper, the store's owner.

Some are hoping for their own lucky ticket. The news has even attracted out of towners like Jim Listenberger of Monterey.

"Stopped to see if there was any halabuloo and what the place looked like," he said.

And selling the winning ticket has some big perks.

"Half a percent bonus, so on a $133 million, that's not bad," Harper said.

Not bad is right to the tune of $665,000, but Harper says he's not surprised Davis is keeping a low profile.

"You'd have people knocking on your door and calling you all day. You couldn't get any sleep at night," Harper said.

Still, losing sleep sounds like a small price to pay to become a multi-millionaire.

Davis' mother was hesistant to speak with us-saying she didn't know where her son was. The winner does have a year to come forward and a couple options. One is to take a lump sum payment of $92.4 million after taxes or receive annual payments over 26 years.

The top three are:

$266 million dollars in Pico Rivera.

$168 million in San Gabriel

$134 million in Long Beach.

The lottery says all those Mega-Millions jackpots were won in the last year. The odds of winning are 1 in 176 million.

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