Big Lottery Winners

Alcario Castellano

California Lottery officials announced that Alcario Castellano came forward to claim the record-breaking $141 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot prize.

Alcario discovered that he had won the mega jackpot the day after the draw and waited sleeplessly for five days to claim the prize at the Lottery's San Francisco District Office. Alcario is the largest individual winner in the California Lottery's history.

Prior to this the largest individual prize winner in California Lottery history was Sang Cho of Moraga, who won $89 million.

Alcario who purchased a five dollar ticket at Union Avenue Liquor, chose his own numbers by using Quick Pick. Castellano said, " I didn't believe that the MEGA 8 would be a winner but it was!"

The numbers drawn for the Saturday, June 23, 2001 draw were 3, 22, 43, 44, 45, and MEGA 8. The winning ticket was sold at Union Avenue Liquors, 3649 Union Avenue.

The retailer, Alex Wang, will receive $705,000 or one half of one percent of $141 million, making this bonus the largest ever awarded to any retailer in California Lottery history

The winning ticket for the $141 million will be paid out to Castellano as a cash option prize of $70,794,364 million before federal tax withholding of 28%.

The $141 million jackpot is the largest in California Lottery history and the largest SuperLotto prize since April 17, 1991, when the second largest jackpot of $118 million was split by 10 winning tickets and 54 winners.

The California Lottery's SuperLotto Plus game started in June 4, 2000.