Some lucky soul in Pine Beach, New Jersey won $1 million in the Mega Millions drawing Tuesday night.
It’s actually a bit unlucky they didn’t win more than that.
A million-dollar ticket and a tale of missed opportunities
The July 17 Mega Millions drawing had three $1 million tickets. Each ticket correctly matched the five white balls but missed the Megaball.
One person who bought one of these tickets did so at a Pine Beach convenience store. State lottery officials revealed that the 7-Eleven on Route 9 was the lucky retailer.
The odds of successfully picking all six numbers is one in 302 million. However, the odds of picking the five numbers are one in nearly 13 million. Either way, you’re beating incredible odds, but only one gets you nine digits. It’s hard to feel bad for someone who just won seven figures. However, it does hurt the heart when someone doesn’t maximize their good fortune.
The 7-Eleven also managed to add insult to injury. The winner failed to spend the extra $1 for the Megaplier, which caused them to miss out on an extra $4 million payout.
Mega Millions jackpot is getting pretty large
The drawing on Tuesday night had an estimated jackpot of $375 million. Nobody hit it, so that amount will roll over into the drawing on July 20. That drawing already has an estimated jackpot of $422 million, which could still increase.
If someone does manage to score on Friday, it would be the sixth-largest jackpot award in Mega Millions history. Overall, it would be the 19th-largest in US history.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot remains a $656 million prize on Mar. 30, 2012. Kansas, Illinois, and Maryland retailers sold the three winning tickets.
However, the largest lottery prize ever awarded is a 2016 Powerball jackpot. The whopping $1.6 billion award was split between three groups of players in California, Tennessee, and Florida. No other jackpot has been even half as large as that one.
The cash option for Friday’s drawing is $254 million. Just in case you want it all at once.