Eric Johnson's number is up, and he couldn't be happier.
His weekly ritual—$20 every Friday for the next week's lotto—turned up a big win during the Feb. 5 drawing. He got five out of five numbers, enough to win $245,000.
The winning ticket was purchased inside Fast Check Market at 22902 Los Alisos Boulevard. Johnson’s ticket successfully matched the numbers 44, 26, 10, 5 and 2, missing only the Mega number of 46.
How much would he have won with the Mega number? Officials estimate the multistate Mega Millions lotto was worth $19 million at the time Johnson's numbers were drawn.
Someone else in Orange County got the same numbers as Johnson on the same drawing and is entitled to the same winnings, according to the California Lotto. But whoever picked up a ticket at 818 West 17th Street in Santa Ana hasn't claimed his or her winnings.
Johnson said he plans to buy a house with his new fortune.