Lucky liquor store sells another lottery winner

Mountain View's Liquor & Tobacco sold million-dollar ticket in January, possibly to same woman

For the second time in three months, the same liquor store in Mountain View this week sold a lottery ticket worth more than a quarter million dollars.

Although no one matched all six numbers in Friday night's MEGA Millions draw, one player who purchased a ticket at Liquor & Tobacco at 1040 N. Rengstorff Ave. won $259,269 by matching five numbers, according to state lottery officials.

The winner may -- or may not -- be Mountain View resident Emily Leach. The ownership of the ticket is being disputed, with Leach claiming she accidentally handed the ticket to a man behind her in line at store when she gave him some money.

On Jan. 6, Leach won $1 million in the state lottery after she purchased 40 tickets from Liquor & Tobacco, which is located in the same shopping center as Costco.

Leach's winning ticket was part of the $250 Million Cash Spectacular sweepstakes.

As of Wednesday, whoever has the disputed winning ticket hasn't come forward to claim the prize. The California Lottery Commission is conducting an investigation into the dispute, and is reviewing security footage from the store, said lottery spokesman Alex Traverso.

"Ultimately, (investigators) will not be the ones who decide who ticket belongs to. It might be sorted out through a legal process," Traverso said. If that's the case, lottery officials will withhold the prize money until a court decides who owns the ticket, he said.

Traverso said he can't think of any other incidents similar to the remarkable circumstances in Mountain View. "You don't really see someone who has that level of luck, someone who wins $1 million and then wins a quarter of a million dollars," he said.

— Bay City News and Embarcadero Media staff


Posted by emily, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 26, 2012 at 12:43 am

I bought this ticket too...2 winning tickets, same store, same me to get the story

Posted by Litsa, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 26, 2012 at 8:34 am

I guess I'll have to jet down there later and get some tickets for Tuesday night.

Posted by Player, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Ms. Leach:

You gave the winning ticket away and now you want it back claiming you didn't mean to give it away?

Posted by tommygee54, a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Mtn. View rarely has any winning major lottery tickets. But twice in three months, the same store sells two winning tickets; one is from a scratcher, the other a 5 of 5 winner worth almost $260,000. Now lets see if anyone locally can win any large amount in this current $363 million Mega Millions jackpot. The previous two drawings have chosen numbers from the lower numbered range. Odd that no jackpot winners from those drawings. But I did hit the 17-19-20 for JUST SIX DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by how?, a resident of Gemello
on Mar 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

How do you accidentally hand a ticket to someone? If my intent is to keep the ticket, I keep the ticket. If you hand it to someone and walk away, that's called a gift.

Posted by LJ, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

No, No, No, No, The ticket belongs to the woman that gave the Crying Broke Ass 100.00 so he could get some gas and have a little bit of
extra money.Who in the hell buys or gives a complete stranger a lottery ticket and what kind of low life cries to a stranger for gas money the guy should be ashamed of himself.

Posted by Tokie , a resident of another community
on Mar 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

All I have to say is Too Bad! She gave it away & that's her fault. If you hadn't gone on television & the radio when you won $1 million dollars then you wouldn't have this problem of people asking for handouts. It's you fault, you don't deserve the $260K. You GAVE IT AWAY just accept it!

Posted by Nedra Thaeler, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Sometimes good deeds backfire! He should share with her. I feel bad for her when she won the million was it on a scratcher?

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