|Mega bucks await US lottery winner
At least one winning ticket was sold in California for the US$636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second largest in US lottery history.
There may be other winners. Mega Millions lead director Paula Otto said Tuesday night that the count by game officials was not complete yet.
California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso told the Associated Press the winning ticket was sold at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose, California.
The winning numbers were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7. The cash option, if the winner takes a lump sum immediately rather than take deferred payments, is estimated at US$341 million before taxes.
The jackpot now resets to US$15 million for the next drawing on Friday night.
Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase the jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. That means the chances of winning the jackpot are now about 1 in 259 million. It used to be about 1 in 176 million, nearly the same odds of winning a Powerball jackpot.
Mega Millions is played in 43 US states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.