Winning ticket for $522 million Mega Millions jackpot sold in California
By Todd Northrop
A profitable ticket to the 11th-largest U.S. lottery prize ever was once sold at a liquor retailer in San Jose, California.
The ticket matched all six numbers drawn — 1, 2, four, 19, and 29, with Mega Ball quantity 20. The Megaplier was once three.
The profitable ticket was once sold at Ernie’s Liquors , situated at 2808 S White Rd. in San Jose.
The winner will obtain an estimated $522 million, which is the Fifth-largest jackpot in the historical past of Mega Millions, and the 11th-largest jackpot ever in US lottery historical past. If the winner chooses the lump-sum money payout, they’ll obtain an estimated $308.1 million in money, minus federal taxes. (California does now not follow state tax to lottery winnings.)
The sum were multiplying all of a sudden for the reason that remaining time it was once gained on May four. It hit $375 million on July 14 and $493 million on Saturday.
“This has been an exciting roll,” stated Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director. “Congratulations to California for taking home the fifth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.”
Kewal Sachdev, 65, the landlord of Ernie’s Liquors, was once at his San Jose house taking a snooze when an worker referred to as him with the scoop that the shop had sold a profitable ticket.
He was once surprised. Nothing adore it has took place in the 18 years he has owned the shop.
“We were wishing,” he stated in an interview at his retailer. “And the want got here true nowadays.’
“I am nonetheless digesting what took place,” he added. “I do not know presently how you can react.”
Sachdev stated phrase profitable ticket was once bought at his retailer shall be just right for trade.
“People are going to suppose it is a fortunate retailer,” he stated.
The retailer sold as many as four,000 tickets forward of the newest drawing, which wasn’t a lot bearing in mind the dimensions of the jackpot, Sachdev stated. Lotto fever simply did not appear to take grasp this time.
Sachdev stated he has heard the shop that sells the profitable ticket receives 1/2 a p.c of the jackpot, which in this situation would quantity to the princely sum of $2.6 million.
“I am processing the entire thing,” he said. “In a few days, we’re going to determine what took place and what to do about it.”
John Nguyen, 35, of San Jose, heard the scoop and drove over to take a look at Ernie’s Liquors. He performs the lottery each and every week, however he hasn’t ever bought a ticket from Sachdev’s retailer.
“Most without a doubt,” he said when asked if he was going to change things up. “I’m going to check out it.”
Nguyen additionally had a message for the brand new half-billionaire.
“The winner goes to desire a monetary adviser. And I’m one,” he said. “So they are able to name me.”
Eight different tickets matched the 5 white balls to win the sport’s 2nd prize, six value $1 million every, and two that integrated the non-compulsory Megaplier and are value $three million every: 1 from Arizona, 2 from Massachusetts (1 with Megaplier), 1 from Michigan, 1 from Minnesota, 2 from New Jersey, and 1 from Texas (with Megaplier).
Another 102 tickets matched 4 of the primary 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. Of the ones tickets, nine have been bought with the Megaplier possibility, expanding the prize to $30,000, and five have been sold in California, the place the prize was once value $22,437 this drawing.
The Megaplier possibility isn’t to be had in California, for the reason that mounted nature of the prize build up introduced with the Megaplier isn’t suitable with California’s pari-mutuel payouts.
Mega Millions is recently introduced for sale in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets price $2 every.
With the jackpot had been gained remaining evening, the Mega Millions jackpot resets to its beginning price of $40 million for the following drawing on Friday.
The Mega Millions profitable numbers are revealed at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) mins after the drawing takes position.