South City Man Hits the Jackpot

He didn't learn that he had won with the ticket until two days after Christmas.


By Bay City News Service

A South San Francisco retiree won a $23 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot on a ticket he bought just days before Christmas, California Lottery officials said Saturday.

Robert Imbellino didn't learn that he had won with the ticket until two days after Christmas, when a friend reminded him to check his tickets, according to Lottery officials.

"We laughed a lot but I think it was because we were all in shock," Imbellino said in describing his family's reaction to the news.

Imbellino said he hadn't decided what to do with the money yet.

The ticket was bought Dec. 22 at Sunshine Center Pharmacy, at 1166 Mission Road in South San Francisco. The winning numbers were 39-12-20-32-7 and the Mega number 20.

Sunshine Pharmacy will receive a bonus of one half percent, or $115,000, for selling the winning ticket.

All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for free by calling 1 (800) LOTTERY or at www.calottery.com. 

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dudeletter December 30, 2012 at 03:26 AM
the lotto win should have been quiet
marajuana is legal December 30, 2012 at 03:45 AM
congratualations but i agree with chris, you should not have advertised it
Pretty Asian... December 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM
wished the full name / real name of the winner was kept confidential for security reasons. i can Live On Interest (LOI) with that amount and live a pretty simple life with lovedones. My congratulations! Be safe...
Rob Chapman January 05, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Agreed, I wouldn't want my name made public if I won the lottery. Too many scammers out there & of course you'll suddenly find yourself with a bunch of new relatives you didn't even know you had.
Pretty Asian... January 06, 2013 at 05:08 PM
worst-case scenario of making the winner's full name made public is: it could even mean his life!


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