Winning Mega Millions Ticket Sold In Riverside County
The ticket with five winning numbers but missing the Mega number is worth $1,225,193.
Paige Austin , Patch Staff
Posted Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 12:15 p m PT
RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — Some lucky person is holding a Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $1,225,193, that was bought in Riverside County.
The ticket has five winning numbers but is missing the Mega number in Friday evening’s drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery. The winning ticket was bought at the Vons on 11800 De Palma Road in Corona, according to the California Lottery.
The winning numbers drawn Friday were 3, 11, 12, 38, 43 and the Mega number was 15. The estimated jackpot was $750 million, but no ticket hit the jackpot.
California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be paid on a pari-mutuel basis.
There were no tickets sold with all six numbers and the estimated jackpot for Tuesday’s drawing will grow to $850 million.
It was the only ticket with five winning numbers purchased in California, but it is one of seven sold nationwide. The others include two sold in New Jersey and one each in Florida, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin. They are each worth $1 million, the Multi-State Lottery Association, which conducts the game, announced.
The drawing was the 35th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.
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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The winning Mega Millions numbers for Jan. 12 are 12, 14, 26, 28 and 33, and the Mega number is 9.
The Mega Millions jackpot reached over the half a billion-dollar mark ahead of Tuesday’s drawing. With the Powerball jackpot also now over $500 million, a total of $1.175 billion is up for grabs. It also marks just the second time in history that both games have had jackpots of $500 million, the California Lottery says.
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January has a history of big wins for Mega Millions. There have been 16 jackpots awarded during the month since the start of the lottery game in 2002. That includes three of the top Mega Millions prizes — $451 million on January 5, 2018; $437 million on January 1, 2019; and $380 million on January 14, 2011.
The prize money has not cracked the top 10 since June 2019. The highest amount won by a Mega Millions ticket was $1.537 billion in October 2018.
2020 was a great year for Mega Millions players, with five jackpot winners and two states getting winners for the first time — including Arizona, where a player won the year’s largest Mega Millions prize with more than $410 million.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350 in the 45 states where it’s played, plus Washington and the US Virgin Islands.
Powerball draws on Wednesday.
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