The winning ticket for Friday's drawing of the Mega Millions jackpot, the seventh largest jackpot in the lottery game’s history, was bought in California, according to a press release.
The winning numbers were: 17, 19, 27, 40, 68 and the Mega Ball was 2. The ticket was sold at Sorrento Deli Mart in San Diego.
“I’m excited. I mean out of the whole United States to happen here in this spot in San Diego -- that’s wonderful,” said Mazen Mikhael, co-owner of the store.
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Mikhael said Sorrento Deli Mart is a “lucky store” that’s been serving locals for three decades.
It turned out to be a lucky Friday night in Southern California. A ticket matching five numbers worth an estimated $1.14 million was sold about 100 miles north of San Diego in Seal Beach.
The $530 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid over 29 years. A winner who chooses to take the cash option will receive $345.2 million, before taxes.
Three ticket holders — in Arizona, California and Washington — won the lottery's $1 million second prize.
It costs $2 to play the game and players must select five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball from 1 to 25. The odds of matching all six numbers and winning the jackpot is 1 in 302.6 million.
The next drawing will occur Tuesday, June 11 at 11 p.m. EST, and the jackpot will reset to $40 million ($26 million in cash).
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Mega Millions is one of two national lottery games. It's played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mega Millions jackpots start out at $40 million and roll over if there is no jackpot winner. The last jackpot was won in Missouri on March 12, with a $50 million prize.
The largest jackpot in U.S. history was a $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot won in October 2018 by one player in South Carolina. The second-largest prize for Mega Millions was $656 million for the March 30, 2012, drawing, in which there were three winning tickets.