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Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $61 million sold in California

May 1, 2017, 8:58 am

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Mega Millions

By Todd Northrop

The winning ticket for Friday night's Mega Millions drawing was sold in Laguna Hills, California.

The ticket matching all six winning numbers was purchased at a 7-Eleven located at 27001 Moulton Parkway, according to a news release Saturday from the California Lottery.

The winner, who has not yet come forward, will have the choice of taking the annual payments over 29 years, accumulating to $61 million, or taking a lump sum cash payout of $37.3 million.

The winning numbers were 6, 13, 18, 20, and 31, with Mega Ball number 13. The Megaplier was 4.

The numbers drawn were all "birthday numbers" — numbers 31 or lower — so it was not a surprise for seasoned lottery players to see that a winning ticket was sold. Choosing numbers based on birthdays is very common, so there are many tickets sold with all the numbers being 31 or lower.

The California Lottery is advising the winning ticket holder to immediately sign the back of the ticket with ink, keep it in a safe place, and visit any of the nine Lottery District Offices or contact Lottery officials.

The winner has up to one year from the date of the draw to claim the jackpot.

The 7-Eleven will receive a whopping $305,000 retail bonus for selling the winning ticket, the lottery said.

This is the second time the golden state has been home to a Mega Millions jackpot this year, the California lottery said. In January, Jack Freney won the $191 million Mega Millions jackpot after purchasing a Mega Millions ticket in the San Bernardino County town of Nipton.

Mega Millions is currently offered 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 cost $1 each.

In October, Mega Millions ticket prices will be increasing to $2 each and the game's jackpot will become a little more difficult to win.

The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after each drawing takes place.

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