SACRAMENTO – The latest MEGA Millions jackpot winner recently came forward to claim his prize. Alex Cordova wasn't the only lucky one on the night of October 10, 2012 – he actually split the $61 million MEGA Millions jackpot with another player in Massachusetts – but he still cashed in, winning a $30.5 million prize. He chose the cash option, which is worth an estimated $23 million.
Cordova works at Fresno State University as an Events and Facilities Supervisor and has worked there for nearly 15 years. He explained how others have reacted to his win: "Friends, family and co-workers have been supportive and have celebrated my blessing. All have told me that it couldn't have happened to a better person. This is an exciting time for me and my family and I want to take this opportunity to express my deep thanks to God, my parents and family, Fresno State Athletics coaches and staff that I have worked with, the CSU Fresno Community, and Memorial High School grounds crew and staff."
When asked how he is handling his big win, he said, "My work ethic is enduring with a humble attitude. A lot of people ask me how such a windfall might change me and I tell them that I have lived by these virtues and will continue to do so – accept other peoples' feelings, treat others like you would want to be treated and always stay real."
Cordova's jackpot ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 2389 East Shaw Avenue in Fresno and the lucky retailer will receive a bonus of $152,500. The ticket successfully matched the numbers 37, 46, 52, 13, 40 and the Mega number of 29.
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