Mega Millions Jackpot Won with Single Ticket
The Mega Millions jackpot, totaling an annuity estimated at $312 million or $198 million in cash, was won last night with a single ticket sold in Albany, NY.
The lucky ticket is the biggest single win in Mega Millions history, but still lags behind the 2006 Powerball ticket worth $365 million sold in Nebraska. The biggest annuity jackpot ever in the United States was$390 million won in Mega Millions in March 2007by a Georgiaman and a CapeMay County, NJ, couple.
Thejackpot winner, purchased at Coulson's News Center, 420 Broadway, matched all the numbers: 22, 24, 31, 52 and 54 with a Mega Ball of4.
Two tickets sold in Pennsylvania came close, both missing the jackpot by the Mega Ball. Those two tickets, which matched the first five numbers, are worth $250,000 each. Other near-misses included four New York tickets, five from California, four from Ohio, and three from Texas; two each from Kentucky, North Carolina and Washington and one each from Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, South Carolina and West Virginia.
If any of those players purchased the Megaplier multiplier option, the prize would automatically be increased to $1 million. The two Pennsylvania tickets did not, but Megaplier results are not posted by megamillons.com or some state lotteries.
The jackpot could still be revised upward. The official Mega Millions web site reported the winning ticket at $312 million, but a spokeswoman for the New York Lottery gave the amount as $319 million.
The Mega Millions game will start over again at $12 million for Tuesdays drawing. Currently the largest jackpot available is tonights Powerball, worth approximately $125 million.
Both the Mega Millions and Powerball lottery games are played in more than 40 states.