I’ve worked closely over the years with the officials in Sacramento who run the California Lottery, so I was pleased to hear from them about their latest big winner, Todd Moitz, a 24-year-old former insurance agent.
Moitz stepped forward at a press conference on Jan. 7 with the winning $47 million Mega Millions ticket.
At the conference, he said he wasn’t sure yet what he would do with his winnings. He chose the cash option, which is worth $32 million before taxes.
“Cash is king,” Moitz said, explaining his choice for the payment option.
Moitz bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven in Pacific Beach, where he lives.
The winning numbers: 2, 11, 19, 21, 34 and the Mega number 38, were announced Friday night, the Jan. 2 draw.
Moitz said he usually buys $2 for two tickets, and he chooses the lottery numbers to play. He typically plays the day of the drawing and didn’t expect to win.
Moitz told the gathered press that he discovered his riches Saturday morning when he checked the numbers on a Web site and did “a double-take.”
“You never actually expect (the numbers) to actually land,” he said. “It’s surreal. It’s a dream come true.” Moitz said he pounded on his roommate’s door and had him verify the numbers.
Since then, Moitz said he’s been texting and calling relatives to share the news.
Moitz is originally from New Jersey and moved to San Diego this past August. He studied business in college.
Turns out his move was the luckiest thing he ever did. Next to buying a Mega Millions ticket last Friday.
“It’s the best time of my life,” said Moitz. “I love this city.”
There will be another Mega Millions draw tonight, with a $16 million jackpot.
Tonight’s Euro Millions draw is worth a hefty 53 million Euros.
And tomorrow night’s Powerball game carries a $120 million jackpot.
Good luck to all players.