Before California had Mega Millions, their big money game was SuperLotto Plus, a lotto game very much like Mega Millions. You have to pick five numbers from 47 and then a Mega number from a field of 1-27.
And while more attention in California is always focused on the huge numbers brought in by the Mega Millions game, every once in a while, you get a nice SuperLotto Plus run, as is the case now.
California’s SuperLotto Plus jackpot is up to $53 million, after no winner was recorded for Saturday’s drawing. The next drawing is Wednesday.
Saturday’s results were; 9, 11, 27, 36, 39 and the Mega number 10.
So California Lottery officials decided to have some fun. They went out looking for lottery stories from players and found some interesting rituals.
Christine Phillips from Bakersfield said she always buys her tickets on the way to work on the morning of the drawing day.
“I used to not think about it so much,” Christine said. “One time a few years back I stopped to get gas on the way to work and bought my tickets and I hit four numbers. That’s the best I have ever done. Now I force myself to stop at the same place every time. It’s my lucky spot!”
Ernesto Gomez of El Cajon says he always buys his tickets, never his wife. “She’s got some bad mojo when it come to things like that, if she get the tickets we will never win.”
A little extra luck or staying away from bad mojo can’t hurt.
When I worked for the California Lottery, about four years ago, I met up with people who had even stranger rituals.
Donald Kerrigal, of Los Angles, told me he goes to the same store, on the night of the draw, about half an hour before the 10 p.m. (Pacific time) close. “But what if the machine is down?” I asked him. “Then I have a backup store.” And if the system is down? He looked at me blindly and shrugged his shoulders.
Merrie Worth, of Hollywood, only buys from a particular cashier.
So, what’s your ritual? Best ritual gets a signed copy of my year 2000 book (now out of print), Jackpot.
The numbers game:
Tonight’s Mega Millions Jackpot is worth $42 million.
Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is also worth $42 million.