California ticket wins $522 million Mega Millions jackpot

Roman Schwartz
July 28, 2018

One person in the United States is NZ$761 million better off after scooping the winning prize in California's Mega Millions lottery.

This year, 20-year-old Shane Missler of Port Richey won a $451 million prize on January 5, and Richard Wahl of Vernon, N.J., won $533 million on March 30.

The five numbers are 1, 2, 4, 19, 29. Ernie's Liquors will get up to $1 million for selling the winning Mega Millions ticket.

If the victor takes the cash payout, they'll net just over $308 million. The jackpot was the fifth-largest for the Mega Millions game, a lottery official told ABC News.

At least one winning ticket was sold in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing.

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The results from other states had not come in yet as of Tuesday night. You can buy a ticket for $2 and pick six numbers from two different pools.

The odds of winning were one in more than 303 million. You'll be taking home a far smaller but still impressive sum of $308.1 million - before taxes.

The jackpot will reset for Friday's drawing to $40 million.

Mega Millions Lottery ticket are displayed in a store in New York City, U.S., July 23, 2018.

The biggest Mega Millions prize ever won was $656 million, which was split three ways in 2012.

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