One winning $1 million ticket from the Mega Millions jackpot drawing Tuesday night was sold in Oregon, lottery officials said Wednesday.
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1.35 billion after no lucky player won the lottery’s latest jackpot, estimated at $1.1 billion.
No ticket matched all six winning numbers. 7, 13, 14, 15, 18, plus the Mega Ball 9. The next jackpot is shaping up to be one for the history books, Mega Millions officials said.
Lottery officials said a $1 million ticket was sold in Eugene on Monday. It matched five of the six winning numbers in Tuesday’s drawing, Oregon Lottery officials said in a news release. The Oregon winner will take home around $680,000 after state and federal taxes.
Some Oregon stores are reporting an uptick in sales for the Mega Millions jackpot, with one store in St. Johns reporting a few thousand dollars in sales a day.
After 25 consecutive drawings over a span of nearly three months with no big-prize winners, the next Mega Millions jackpot drawing is set to take place in Atlanta later this week, on Friday the 13th.
“The jackpot has rolled again, keeping everyone who follows Mega Millions in suspense for yet another drawing,” Pat McDonald, the head of the Mega Millions Consortium, said in a statement Wednesday morning. “Now at $1.35 billion, the Mega Millions jackpot is moving up and making history as the second highest Mega Millions jackpot ever.”
If a single player manages to beat the 1-in-303 million odds and defy the supposed day of bad luck, they will have the option to receive either the full prize amount in an annuity paid over 29 years, or an estimated lump sum of $707.9 million in cash.
In its 20-year history, Mega Millions only had one prize larger than next Friday’s expected $1.35 billion. a $1.54 billion jackpot won by a single ticket in South Carolina in October 2018.
Over the summer, a winning Mega Million ticket sold in Illinois took home a whopping $1.34 billion. The winner of the largest-ever US lottery prize was a Powerball player in California who won $2.04 billion in November.
The largest Mega Millions prize ever won in Oregon was $3 million in 2019. That year, two players won on separate occasions, the lottery said.
Mega Millions is played in Oregon and 44 other states, as well as the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.
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