first_img“We are so excited that one of our customers could be the winner,” he said. Customers trickling in congratulated Sidhu and joked about winning the jackpot. As he approached the counter, Stuart Torr of South Pasadena said he was just about to turn the winning ticket in, then added that if he had won, “I wouldn’t be standing around here.” Eventually, talk turned to the mystery surrounding the ticket. As of Thursday evening, no one had come forward to claim the prize. By midday, the store at 301 Monterey Road was abuzz with rumors. A mailman reported to Sidhu third-hand that the winner always purchases $16 worth of tickets at a time. Two women in the parking lot thought the winner might be from out of town. But Sidhu said the buyer is quite likely one of his regular customers, as they make up the bulk of his business. “We know almost everyone,” he said. “It could be him, or him,” pointing to a teenage customer. Sidhu has owned the store for three years; it’s been in the neighborhood for three decades. Though posted signs throughout the store encourage customers to play the lottery, he has never before sold a big winner. “All the time we have had hope that a customer would be a winner,” Sidhu said. “This is a family area and this is a family store.” While Sidhu won’t be getting millions, his family won’t walk away empty-handed. The lottery will pay him an estimated $550,000 for selling the winning ticket. Sidhu said he would put the money back into the store and “maybe take a little vacation.” If the ticket holder chooses annual payments, they will begin at $2.75 million and graduate to more than $5.6 million by the 26th year, before taxes. If the cash option is chosen, the winner will receive a lump sum of roughly half the jackpot amount, or about $57 million, according to lottery officials. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Sidhu had anticipated their arrival. One of his customers called him at 4 a.m. with the scoop – a lotto ticket bought at Sidhu’s store had all the numbers drawn for a $110 million jackpot in the midweek SuperLotto Plus game. It was California’s largest jackpot in four years and the sixth-highest in state history. The numbers drawn were 2, 9, 12, 20, 34 and Meganumber 16. Until Thursday night, no one had won the top prize in the twice-weekly game in 23 rounds, setting a new state record. Standing behind the counter of Foremost Liquor Market as reporters peppered him with questions, Sidhu was all smiles. SOUTH PASADENA – Singh Sidhu unlocked the door to his South Pasadena liquor store at 8 a.m. Thursday, just as he’s done every morning for the past three years. Typically, the 48-year-old Santa Clarita resident is greeted by one or two bleary-eyed customers looking for a cup of coffee on the way to work. But on Thursday, news trucks and camera crews were standing by, waiting for him to make an appearance. “Big crowd,” he said. last_img

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