FORT MYERS, Florida – Two lucky ticket-holders in California and Florida will be celebrating the holiday season in style after matching all six numbers drawn in Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing – the white balls 9, 22, 26, 41, and 44, plus the gold Mega Ball 19.
The winners will share the estimated prize of $494 million ($247.9 million cash), which is the eleventh-largest jackpot in the game’s history.
The winning tickets were both sold at 7-11 convenience stores – one located in Fort Myers, Florida, and the other in San Jose, California.
In addition to the jackpot wins, there were plenty of other winners in the October 14 drawing. Three tickets matched all five white balls to win the game’s second-tier prize. A Texas player added the optional Megaplier (available in most states with an extra $1 purchase), which was 2X on Friday night, so that ticket is worth $2 million. The other two tickets, sold in New Jersey and North Carolina, win the standard $1 million prize.
For matching four white balls plus the Mega Ball, 25 tickets have a third-tier win. Of those, seven also included the optional Megaplier and are worth $20,000 each; the remaining 18 won the standard $10,000 prize.
MEGA MILLIONS Odds and Payout
The odds of winning the MEGA MILLIONS jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.
MEGA MILLIONS jackpot prizes may be paid in 30 annual installments or a one-time, reduced lump-sum payment which jackpot winners may choose to receive instead of receiving their winnings in annual payments.
All MEGA MILLIONS prizes must be claimed in the state where the ticket was purchased. MEGA MILLIONS prizes must be claimed within 180 days after the winning drawing date.
To claim a prize of $600 or over, players can choose to mail in their winning ticket or wait until lottery offices reopen.
All claim deadlines have been extended by 90 days, giving players the option to hold on to winning tickets and wait to claim any prizes until Lottery offices reopen to the public.