The Shell station on Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna. | Google Street View.


Some lucky person who was recently in Fortuna — maybe a resident, maybe not! — woke up today a whole lot richer.

We don’t know this freshly minted millionaire’s identity, but the winning ticket from last night’s SuperLotto Plus drawing, worth a whopping $15 million, was sold at the Shell gas station on Riverwalk Drive, according to the official California Lottery website

Winner winner!

The lucky winner managed to match all five regular numbers, which was good enough to win $32,147, but they also matched the elusive Mega number, making that little strip of paper worth enough to buy the world’s most expensive Formula 1 race car, a Ferrari F2003

Which brings us to the owners of this particular gas station. Per the rules of the California Lottery, the owner of the Riverwalk Shell station is eligible for a bonus of 0.5 percent of the jackpot winnings, which, in this case, comes out to $75,000. 

The Riverwalk Shell is owned by Humboldt Petroleum, which is a subsidiary of the Andretti Group, owned by auto-racing legends Mario and Michael Andretti.

Congratulations go out to the Andretti brothers duo [father and son, oops] for their latest windfall.

Meanwhile, an email from a friendly PR person this morning reminds us to mention that the sole purpose of the California Lottery is to raise supplemental funding for public education.

“This includes more than $142 million for schools in Humboldt County since 1985 and nearly $5 million” in the 2022-23 fiscal year, the email notes.

If you are the lucky winning-ticket holder and would like to get tell us about your plans, shoot us an email! We promise not to ask for a loan.