SUPERLOTTO PLUS JACKPOT RICHEST YET.
With the lottery jackpot up to $44 million for today's drawing, some San Fernando Valley residents couldn't resist plunking down more than just a dollar Tuesday in hopes of a windfall return.
At a Canoga Park 7-Eleven, Surinder Narang said the store he manages took in more than $670 in ticket sales Tuesday, with one person buying as many as 80 SuperLotto Plus tickets and another buying 120.
``We're doing good,'' he said. ``(Today) I expect longer lines.''
Today's pool is the largest jackpot since the first SuperLotto Plus drawing, June 7.
Edwin Campos, manager at a Chevron gas station in Van Nuys, agreed the large jackpot is pulling in the customers.
``(The jackpot) is more than usual, so we've got a lot of people coming in,'' he said. ``(Today) will be even busier because most people wait for the last day to buy.''
Lottery officials, who expect today's SuperLotto Plus sales to reach at least $8 million, double Tuesday's expected take, were pleased with the larger jackpot that rolled over from Saturday's $33 million drawing.
``It's a very exciting time,'' said California Lottery spokeswoman Cathy Doyle Johnston.
Fourteen people who picked five out five numbers in one field, but missed the sixth Mega number, each won $14,000 Saturday, Johnston said.
The old SuperLotto, which included a choice of six numbers in the same field, was changed to SuperLotto Plus in June, which requires a choice of five numbers in a field ranging from one to 47 and a sixth Mega number ranging from one to 27 in order to win.