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Bay Area gamblers claim Powerball millions

Not a single player won Saturday night’s $949 million jackpot, which has since increased to an unprecedented $1.3 billion.

But a Powerball ticket with five out of six matching numbers in Saturday night’s drawing was purchased at a convenience store in Fremont, according to California Lottery officials.

The ticket is one of six sold in California with five matching numbers. Those tickets are worth $779,264 each, according to lottery officials.

It was purchased at a 7-Eleven at 4193 Central Avenue, but as of Saturday night the ticket’s owner had not yet been identified.

Lottery officials are urging the winner to sign the back of the ticket in ink, keep it in a very safe place and bring it into the lottery district office as soon as possible.

Earlier this week, a Powerball ticket sold in San Jose turned out to be worth $1.9 million, according to California Lottery officials.

Dana Mookini matched five out of six numbers, resulting in a $1,900,176 prize before federal taxes.

Mookini redeemed the ticket this week at the lottery offices in Hayward, but declined to share any additional detials, according to lottery officials.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Wine Rack Liquor Store, 5768 Santa Teresa Blvd., in San Jose. The Wine Rack has won a $9,500 retailer bonus for selling the ticket to Mookini.

The California Lottery urges customers to gamble responsibly. Resources for people with gambling problems can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

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