The Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday’s lottery drawing has jumped to $356 million with a cash option of $280.5 million making it potentially the 35th largest in U.S. lottery history.
The winning numbers were: 9, 20, 23, 26 and 29. The Mega Ball drawn was 8 with a Megaplier of 3X.
While no one hit Friday’s $336 million jackpot, four second-prize tickets matching five numbers but not the Megaball were sold across the country.
Tickets bought in Washington state and at Express News on Main Street in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens in New York City are worth $2 million apiece because the winners spent an extra $1 for the Megaplier option, lottery officials said
A ticket sold in Illinois is valued at $1 million. A ticket purchased in California is worth $947,631 as 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, 36 tickets matched four numbers. Four were bought with the Megaplier option and are worth $1,000. The rest are valued at $500 apiece.
Friday’s winning numbers were: 10, 13, 32, 41 and 51. The Mega Ball drawn was 3 with a Megaplier of 2X.
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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