One of two winning Mega Millions tickets was purchased in San Leandro, placing a cool $500,000 in the pocket of one lucky Bay Area resident.

The winner has yet to come forward, but the owners of San Leandro Express Liquor, where the winning ticket was sold, were buzzing with excitement Saturday night.

"I hope it's somebody who really needs it," said Rinki Singh, who owns the convenience store with husband Tony. "We are hoping that whoever bought it comes in and claims it soon."

The mystery winner will take home $468,905 minus taxes, according to Greg Parashak, a spokesman with the California Lotto. The second Mega Millions ticket was purchased in Los Angeles. Both winners have 180 days to claim their prize, Parashak said.

Bay Area residents hit the jackpot on a regular basis, with the last winning Mega Millions ticket being sold April 4 in Union City, netting $233,000.

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