No tickets were sold matching all six numbers in the latest drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery, pushing the estimated jackpot for Friday’s drawing to $970 million — the third-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
A ticket with five numbers, but missing the Mega number, was sold at a convenience store in Artesia and is worth $1.4 million the California Lottery announced.
Ten tickets were sold outside California that matched five numbers but were missing the Mega number. Eight are worth $1 million while two sold in Florida are worth $2 million because the players utilized the Megaplier option, where for an additional $1 any non-jackpot prize will be multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn, the Multi-State Lottery Association, which conducts the game, announced.
California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be paid on a pari-mutuel basis.
The numbers drawn Tuesday were 10, 19, 26, 28, 50 and the Mega number was 16. The jackpot was $865 million, the third-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The drawing was the 36th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.
The only larger jackpots than Tuesday or Friday’s were $1.586 billion for the Jan. 13, 2016, Powerball drawing and $1.537 billion for the Oct. 23, 2018, Mega Millions drawing.
The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number are 1 in 302,575,350, according to the California Lottery. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.
The Mega Millions game is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands.
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