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Mega Millions lottery winner worth $227 million sold in Texas

Sep 25, 2019, 8:14 am

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Update: Additional information about retailer and historical context

By Todd Northrop

A single ticket sold in Texas matched the winning numbers from Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing and is worth an estimated $227 million.

The Texas Lottery announced that the ticket was sold at the Lakeline Express Mart on 2004 N. Lakeline Boulevard in Cedar Park. The retailer is eligible to receive a $1 million retailer bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket, which was a quick pick.

The cash value option was selected at the time of purchase and the claimant will receive $157,091,592, the largest prize ever paid out to a single Texas Lottery player. The winner has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize.

"We look forward to meeting Texas' newest millionaire and we are excited to have another Mega Millions jackpot winner here in Texas," said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. "If you have the winning ticket, we encourage you to sign the ticket, put it in a safe place, seek financial and legal advice, and call the Texas Lottery before coming to Austin to claim the prize."

Another ticket sold in Florida matched five numbers for a second-prize win, and because they purchased the Megaplier option, their prize is worth $4 million.

Tuesday's winning numbers were 6, 14, 24, 42, and 46, with Mega Ball number 9. The Megaplier was 4.

In total, 894,680 tickets won $8,749,875 in prizes across the game's eight additional prize tiers in Tuesday's drawing.

The full breakdown of results and prizes, including the official drawing video, can be found on USA Mega's Mega Millions Drawing Detail for Sept. 24, 2019.

The ticket sold in Texas is the 13th Mega Millions jackpot winner in Texas, and the sixth Mega Millions jackpot winner from any state in 2019. The biggest jackpot of the year, worth $522 million, was won in California and was claimed just last week.

Texas joined the multijurisdictional game in 2003 and had its first Mega Millions jackpot winner in 2004 when Ut Van Nguyen of Carrollton claimed the $101 million advertised jackpot from the Oct. 1, 2004 drawing.

While Tuesday's $227 million jackpot is the third-largest multi-state jackpot hit in Texas, it will be the largest prize ever to be paid out to a Texas Lottery player. On Feb. 15, 2015, TL Management Trust of Austin and two out-of-state winners won a share of the $500 million advertised Powerball jackpot prize and for the Mega Millions drawing on Aug. 31, 2007, SB Alchemy Holdings, Ltd., of Dallas, Texas shared the $330 million advertised jackpot prize with three out-of-state winners.

With the jackpot being won Tuesday, the next Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate is reset to its starting point of $40 million.

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 $2 each.

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

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