California’s Mega Millions Winner Comes Forward


Mega Millions winner Paul Horner showing reporters a few of the prized baby clothes from his massive collection.

San Jose, CA — This morning lottery officials were pleased to announce that the second winner in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions has come forward. That lucky person is 35-year-old Paul Horner from San Jose, California. He is the winner of the $636 million jackpot, the second largest in history. Mr. Horner won by correctly matching all five numbers including the Mega Ball.

Horner, who is single with no children, told reporters about his hobby that he plans to expand with his new found wealth. “I like collecting baby clothes or little people clothes. If the shirt is tiny I just really love it, the tinier the better,” Horner said. “Now that I have all this money I know I’m going to be buying so many really small wardrobes. I’ll probably go on a lot of little clothes shopping sprees. There’s a tiny person clothes store right by my house, I’ll be there for sure.” Horner continued, “I think I’m going to use the rest the money to try and get Ted Cruz elected President in 2016. I don’t really follow politics, I just think he has an amazing smirk and could share that wonderful facial feature with the rest of the country.”

Two tickets matched the six numbers needed to win Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot.

Horner purchased his winning ticket at Jennifer’s Gifts & Kids Wear, in San Jose, California. The other ticket was sold in Atlanta, Georgia. The two winners will split the second-largest US lottery jackpot on record – leaving them with $328 million each in winnings.

The owner of the store that sold the winning ticket will receive a $1 million bonus, according to San Jose lottery officials.

Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase the jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. Originally, customers chose five numbers from 1-56 and one number from 1-46. The new structure has customers choosing five numbers from 1-75 and one number from 1-15. That sliced the odds of winning from 1 in 176 million to 1 in 259 million.

Tuesday’s drawing aside, Mega Millions jackpots are likely to continue swelling after lottery officials boosted their potential payouts.

The jackpot started at $12 million October 4th.

By last week, it was up to $425 million, then $586 million on Monday before being raised to $636 million Tuesday morning.

On Wednesday in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Ira Curry came forward as the other Mega Millions winner.
Paul Horner Mega Millions winning ticket

Paul Horner showing reporters the winning ticket.

Lottery officials are still not sure what to make of the winner in San Jose who matched all six numbers correctly. “He’s quite an odd character”, said lottery official Tim Parkos. “I’m kind of sad that this thing is over. That jackpot was growing into something really amazing. With all of that money you could feed most of the world’s starving children, or provide clean drinking water in a third world country. I’m pretty sure there is no god when a guy like Paul Horner becomes the winner of something this special. Hopefully the winner in Georgia will put the money to better use.”

Horner told CNN about his plans for the future. “This money is definitely going to change my life forever,” Horner said. “I like to try on my little clothing but unfortunately it never fits because I’m too big. But now I have all this money and can fix that problem.” Horner continued, “There’s an experimental surgery they just started doing in Mexico that allows humans to be smaller, like a lot smaller. It’s an extremely dangerous procedure but I think the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. You gotta live your dreams, ya’ know. If you don’t live them, somebody else will.”

The winning numbers in Tuesday’s drawing were 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and the mega ball was 7. Tuesday’s jackpot was just $20 million short of the $656 million U.S. record set in the March 2012 drawing.

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51 Responses to "California’s Mega Millions Winner Comes Forward"

  1. Rebecca S. says:

    What a weirdo that guy is! You just know he’s going to get even weirder with all that money

    • Mona says:

      what he does with his money is non of your concern.

    • Jahna says:

      I honestly think that’s the perception he wants to create anyhow! He’s probably actually a highly intelligent simple tech guy who’s smart enough to say just the right things to ward off all the vultures that are sure to come! Good for you Paul Horner!!! Congratulations

      • Jibayat says:

        That’s what I was thinking. That everything he keeps saying is perfect for keeping people at a distance. It’s brilliant. I hope it’s true and that he secretly has more practical plans for his good fortune.

  2. He better not use that money for anything masturbation-related or it’s double-Hell for sure! Praise Fappy!

  3. Drunken Dwarf says:

    Congrats on the win. Did the Director of the Hobbit contact you to star in the sequel yet ?

  4. suitcase says:

    He could use his winnings to buy little furniture, and miniature doll houses to store his collection of chlothes. But his hobbie might get out of hand and he will lose all his money to his purchases. Anyway, I envy his good luck.

  5. Jessica Mendes says:

    This guy is a damn PSYCHO! WTF? Can we ever get some sane people to win to put the money to good use?! Lock this pedophile up and let’s have a redraw on this lottery because this is complete bogus! if you like baby clothes that much, you should buy a lot of clothes and donate them to babies that need them. Surgery to make you smaller and in Mexico?! You dumb idiot, those people won’t make you smaller, they will kill you and take your money for being such a moron! It makes me so upset at how stupid people are today! This world is turning into hell

  6. Yümi Young says:

    Just to assuage the blow everyone, Ted Horner, a man of particularly interesting taste, will be spending his “mega millions” buying tiny shirts and hats. A fact that is inherently creepy and unjust, being that I, (a petite San Jose resident) most likely less than a few miles from this man could put good use to the clothing he plans on purchasing with said Winnings.

    I will take note of Ted Horner’s plan to spend taxpayers dollars on teeny clothing, and sleep soundly knowing that it won’t last merely less than a decade. Although he has done his research on Mexican surgeries, It has been proven that an adult male under 5’4 is 1.5 times more likely to develop (and die) from heart disease due to the fact that shorter people have smaller blood vessels to the heart that are more easily clogged. For this fact, he is ignorant, and should die shortly after the wasteful surgery (thank you based god). We will then ban together and take all of the clothing and sew them together creating a quilt that will serve as a blanket to the needy and less fortunate. Then we shall empty his gigantic fridge and feed the children whose bellies have swollen due to hunger.

    San Jose is the tenth largest city in the United States of America, populated by over 982,765 people, 226 (per 100,000) are rapists (nice odds but get this) 39 of this determined number are murderers, 165 arsonists, 4,223 are robbers, and 5,121 are auto thefts. We need our cars. I’m 100% sure Ted Horner falls under the category of one of these. When he dies of heart disease the world will be a much better place. The California lottery officials will realize that lottery winnings should only be granted to those of a higher IQ with intentions that can better the community (seeing as the money comes from a communal effort. Blood, sweat, and tears of the people), and we will build life saving friendly robots that can withstand the heat of at the minimum 229 degrees F, just hot enough to give us good service before we die happy that the earth is pedophile free.

    • BaliHai84 says:

      He didn’t win “taxpayer dollars”. The lottery isn’t run by the government or taxes collected by the government. People voluntarily buy tickets. Their money goes into a pool and continues to grown until someone gets all the numbers right. His $325 million is a drop in the bucket compared to what our government wastes on a yearly basis on failed programs. Power to him. Maybe he is just pretending to be weird.

    • KL says:

      WHAT?!?! Has anybody else read what this guy said?

  7. allison says:

    Really???? This money couldn’t gave gone to a struggling single mother???? Tiny clothes.. what a waste!!!!! This makes me angry.

  8. Liza says:

    I am embarrassed for this pathetic guy! How stupid is he trying to appear?! Or is he really for real?!?! It’s a shame someone as sick as him gets the money.

  9. edallmighty says:

    Horner…there you are, I’ve been looking for you all my life, my long lost half brother.

  10. 2chalmz says:

    Do they make orange jumpsuits for babies? This creep will probably have an matching adult one in a few months.

  11. susan j. sager says:

    Is this guy honestly for real? What a waste as a human, and the waste of all that money that could help people/animals.

  12. Raul says:

    That’s one of two lucky guys. . Lol that’s hella money… I will continue playing hoping to be lucky one day. .

  13. Raul says:

    That’s one of two lucky guys.. I hope I get lucky one day too.. that’s hella money. ..I will continue playing..

  14. nick says:

    Sounds like a fruit to me hahaha

  15. cristina says:

    Why the fuck are yu guys such fuckin hatters ..who gives a fuck wat he wants to do with his money ..its his ..idiots

    • Danielle says:

      Because a psychopath just got a hold of $328 million. That’s why. You must not have read the whole article. I will be staying far the hell away from San Jose, that’s for sure.

  16. Cynthia says:

    Seriously??? This guy makes me sick!!!! Why do we give one person the chance to win $636 million dollars to spend on nonsense, instead of allowing 636 people to win a million dollars each? What is wrong with people these days!!!!!

  17. Yvette says:

    Pedophile alert

  18. Cassidy Pen Cassidy Pen says:

    How come Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton aren’t protesting?

    • KMLC says:

      OMG. Please sever your vas deferens to avoid having ANY children. Not quite sure what his obsession with tiny clothes would be, but there is definately a mental instability there. Perhaps the dangerous surgery he’s considering will cure himself all the way to heaven. I pray he will find it in his heart to donate some of his newfound fortunate blessing to charitable organizations for great things….cancer research, education, children in need foundations, just to name a few.

  19. Avd says:

    How sad that someone like this wins. Never a mention of helping others. Pitiful.

  20. JT says:

    hmmm… Funny how they reprimand him for not feeding starving children or providing clean drinking water to a third world country.. Why doesn’t the lottery spend more to feed starving children instead of giving it away hoping someone else will do it?

  21. Cynthia says:

    This guy needs another kind of shrink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

  22. LoveYourDNA says:

    OMG! I don’t care if he has a fetish or not, but electing Ted Cruz is beyond insane!!!!

  23. kschilke says:

    Where is Flozell…. she has go to comment on this one ….

    OMG I am speachless…

    Wants to have surgeries to he can try on the baby clothing he collects?????????????????????

    there needs to be a Lotto Intervention..here…….. where are his people… handlers … OMG

  24. OSCAR says:

    A pedophile in the making

  25. Dawn Andrews says:

    Omg what a freak jeezzz …This is the kind you keep away from your children…can’t believe he even shared this…He needs a mental evaluation…

  26. TheTruth says:

    Looking at the California rules, Powerball jackpot payout is like only 8% of the total so $328mil = $28mil after taxes = $15 mil maybe over 30 years. Not shabby but still false advertising for California due to some weird rules.

  27. John says:

    You people make me sick. He can do whatever he wants with HIS money. If I ever win that much money I am going to pay a bunch of single mothers $50 each to burn the rest of the money. Also, if you single mothers don’t want him near your kid. THAN WATCH THEM.

  28. Dusty says:

    We’ll be reading about this guy in the newspaper. Can you say pedophile?

  29. Marie says:

    What a waste!!!!!

  30. Ed Penano says:

    I’m glad this guy is finally able to afford the surgery he so desires. Well wishes wise wondrous won!

  31. CHI TOWN TONY says:

    they are even talking about this creep in chicago! this was even on the news tonight everyone in the city is furious that someone like this would win!

  32. Melissa Vanhee says:

    They need to get Mr. Horner off the streets ASAP! It’s only a matter of time before he molests someone’s son or daughter, and now he has all this money! This is horrible!

  33. Manuel says:

    I say why don´t they give him a really really tiny check…

  34. Donna H says:

    all I can say is keep your kids away from him
    looks like a Predator

  35. Joe Schlongberg says:

    Geesh people. So many haters here. Are you just jealous?!?!? We all play the lottery with our money hoping for that big win so we can do what we want with OUR WINNINGS…. If you won I bet someone out there would disagree with your ideas. Stop the hating. Calling this guy a pedofile is absurd, you know nothing about him. I read the back of my ticket and nowhere did it say if you won you had to donate it to a good cause….. Not too sure anymore, but I thought I still lived in the FREE USA

  36. dan says:

    This guy is either a comic genius or a complete madman… who just got impossibly wealthy… in which case I’m very, very afraid…

  37. Tuff says:

    He sounds like a pedaphile…. Or a Chester….someone needs to take his ass out

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