The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday’s lottery drawing has jumped to $378 million with a cash option of $297.6 million making it potentially the 32nd largest in U.S. lottery history.
The winning numbers were: 32, 35, 37, 47, and 55. The Mega Ball drawn was 22 with a Megaplier of 3X.
While no one across the country his Tuesday’s $356 million jackpot, three second-prize tickets matching five numbers but not the Mega Ball were bought. Tickets sold in Florida and Ohio are worth $1 million apiece, while one purchased in California is valued at $221,687. California lottery prizes vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners. They differ from the fixed second prizes offered in other participating states.
In New Jersey, four tickets matched four numbers plus the Mega Ball and are worth $10,000 apiece. They were sold at the following locations:
- Foster Stationery on South Washington Avenue in Bergenfield
- Lukoil on Route 9W in Fort Lee
- Roseland Convenience Store on Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland
- P & P Liquors on North Olden Avenue in Ewing.
Tuesday’s winning numbers were: 9, 20, 23, 26, and 29. The Mega Ball drawn was 8 with a Megaplier of 3X.
It’s been nearly four months since a $202 million jackpot winning ticket was bought at Quick Stop on Inman Avenue in Edison for the Feb. 11 drawing. The winner has yet to step forward and will have the option of remaining anonymous thanks to a new law passed in New Jersey earlier this year.
That was the first of two large multi-state jackpots won in Middlesex County this year. On April 8, someone who bought a Powerball ticket at Buy-Rite Liquors on Stelton Road in neighboring Piscataway won a $190 million jackpot. That prize has also yet to be claimed.
Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and in New Jersey must be bought by 10:45 p.m. on the evening of the drawing. The odds of a ticket hitting the jackpot by matching five numbers and the Mega Ball are 302,575,350 to 1. Players have a 1 in 12,607,306 shot to win the second prize of at least $1 million by matching five numbers.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The New Jersey Lottery office in Lawrence remains closed due to COVID-19 and won’t be accepting walk-in claims. You can still claim your winnings — provided they’re less than $599.50 — in person at any retailer.
The lottery is also accepting mailed claims, though officials warn payments might be temporarily delayed. Winners are advised to make copies of the claim form and the winning ticket for their records.
The date for all claims set to expire after March 19 has been extended for an additional 30 days from the date of the office opening. For example, a winning ticket that was purchased on March 31, 2019 would normally expire a year later — on March 31, 2020. Due to the extension, the claim in this example will not expire until June 29, 2020. The expiration date of winning tickets might later be extended again.
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