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A Texan wins a $30 million Lotto jackpot

A $30.25 million Lotto Texas ticket was sold in Houston.
A $30.25 million Lotto Texas ticket was sold in Houston. Texas Lottery

Were you in Houston Wednesday night?

If so, and you bought a Texas Lotto ticket, check your pockets.

And your car — anywhere you might have put a ticket.

It turns out someone bought a quick pick at a convenience store there and won $30.25 million.

“We want to congratulate our first Lotto Texas jackpot winner of 2018,” Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, said in a written statement. “If you have the winning ticket, we encourage you to sign the ticket, put it in a safe place, seek financial and legal advice, and call the Texas Lottery before coming to Austin to claim the prize.

"We look forward to meeting you.”

This jackpot first began as a $5 million prize in December and has rolled over 42 times before someone matched all the numbers this week.

The cash value option was chosen when the ticket was bought, which means the winner will claim $20 million.

The winner has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize.

The ticket, which matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night, was sold at MJ's All Season Food Store at 15935-A Lee Road. The store is eligible for a $308,766.64 retailer bonus, officials announced Thursday.

The winning numbers: 20-24-27-37-39-41.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley
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