Walnut Creek Lotto winners pick up $33M check

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.

Massoud Ardalan purchased the winning ticket from the Heather Farm Shell Station on Ygnacio Valley Road, where he regularly stops because it is one of just a few places that sell pumpkin seeds – a favorite snack of his.

Ardalan has been out of work since last November since he was laid off from the company where he had worked for 16 years.

If Ardalan and his wife Homeira chose the payout, they'll get $23.8 million before taxes. The gas station will receive a check for $165,000.

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