FORT MYERS, FL — Two ticket-holders — one in California, the other in Florida — will split the $502 million jackpot in Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing.
It’s the eleventh-largest jackpot in the game’s history, according to a Mega Millions news release.
The two winning tickets matched the five white balls — 9, 22, 26, 41 and 44 — plus the gold Mega Ball 19.
Florida’s winning ticket is extra meaningful, as it was bought at a Fort Myer’s 7-Eleven at 2980 Colonial Blvd. weeks after Hurricane Ian devastated Southwest Florida, the News-Press reported.
Lee County was one of the area’s hardest hit by the powerful storm, which killed more than 100 people and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.
In California, the winning ticket was sold in the Los Angeles area, at a Culver City Elks Lodge, according to KTLA.
Friday’s drawing is the first Mega Millions jackpot win since the $1.337 billion prize won in Illinois on July 29.
It’s also the first time in about five years that multiple tickets have shared a single jackpot, Mega Millions said. On October 13, 2017, winners in Michigan and Rhode Island split a $42 million prize.
There were other winners in the Oct. 14 drawing as well, including three tickets that matched the five white balls, winning the second-tier prize. A Texas player added the optional Megaplier, which is available in most states with an extra $1 purchase. That was worth two times the amount on Friday night, making their ticket worth $2 million. The other two tickets, sold in New Jersey and North Carolina, won the standard $1 million prize.
For matching four white balls plus the Mega Ball, 25 tickets won the third-tier prize. Of those, seven also included the optional Megaplier and are worth $20,000 each, while the other 18 tickets at this level won the standard $10,000 prize.
In total, there were 1,054,198 winning tickets sold across all nine prize tiers for the October 14 drawing, including the two jackpot-winning tickets.