Winning ticket for $522 million Mega Millions jackpot sold in California
By Todd Northrop
A successful ticket to the 11th-largest U.S. lottery prize ever used to be sold at a liquor retailer in San Jose, California.
The ticket matched all six numbers drawn — 1, 2, four, 19, and 29, with Mega Ball quantity 20. The Megaplier used to be three.
The successful ticket used to be sold at Ernie’s Liquors , positioned at 2808 S White Rd. in San Jose.
The winner will obtain an estimated $522 million, which is the Fifth-largest jackpot in the historical past of Mega Millions, and the 11th-largest jackpot ever in US lottery historical past. If the winner chooses the lump-sum money payout, they’re going to obtain an estimated $308.1 million in money, minus federal taxes. (California does now not follow state tax to lottery winnings.)
The sum were multiplying hastily because the final time it used to be received on May four. It hit $375 million on July 14 and $493 million on Saturday.
“This has been an exciting roll,” mentioned Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director. “Congratulations to California for taking home the fifth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.”
Kewal Sachdev, 65, the landlord of Ernie’s Liquors, used to be at his San Jose house taking a sleep when an worker known as him with the scoop that the shop had sold a successful ticket.
He used to be surprised. Nothing find it irresistible has came about in the 18 years he has owned the shop.
“We were wishing,” he mentioned in an interview at his retailer. “And the want got here true as of late.’
“I am nonetheless digesting what came about,” he added. “I do not know at the moment learn how to react.”
Sachdev mentioned phrase successful ticket used to be bought at his retailer will probably be excellent for trade.
“People are going to suppose it is a fortunate retailer,” he mentioned.
The retailer sold as many as four,00zero tickets forward of the latest drawing, which wasn’t a lot bearing in mind the scale of the jackpot, Sachdev mentioned. Lotto fever simply did not appear to take hang this time.
Sachdev mentioned he has heard the shop that sells the successful ticket receives 1/2 a % of the jackpot, which in this example would quantity to the princely sum of $2.6 million.
“I am processing the entire thing,” he said. “In a few days, we’re going to determine what came about and what to do about it.”
John Nguyen, 35, of San Jose, heard the scoop and drove over to take a look at Ernie’s Liquors. He performs the lottery each week, however he hasn’t ever bought a ticket from Sachdev’s retailer.
“Most no doubt,” he said when asked if he was going to change things up. “I’m going to check out it.”
Nguyen additionally had a message for the brand new half-billionaire.
“The winner goes to desire a monetary adviser. And I’m one,” he said. “So they may be able to name me.”
Eight different tickets matched the 5 white balls to win the sport’s 2d prize, six price $1 million each and every, and two that incorporated the not obligatory Megaplier and are price $three million each and every: 1 from Arizona, 2 from Massachusetts (1 with Megaplier), 1 from Michigan, 1 from Minnesota, 2 from New Jersey, and 1 from Texas (with Megaplier).
Another 102 tickets matched 4 of the primary 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $10,00zero prize. Of the ones tickets, nine have been bought with the Megaplier choice, expanding the prize to $30,00zero, and five have been sold in California, the place the prize used to be price $22,437 this drawing.
The Megaplier choice isn’t to be had in California, for the reason that fastened nature of the prize build up introduced with the Megaplier isn’t appropriate with California’s pari-mutuel payouts.
Mega Millions is recently introduced for sale in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets price $2 each and every.
With the jackpot had been received final night time, the Mega Millions jackpot resets to its beginning price of $40 million for the following drawing on Friday.
The Mega Millions successful numbers are revealed at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) mins after the drawing takes position.