One ticket holder has scooped the winning $522 million Mega Millions jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at a liquor store in San Jose, California and has yet to be claimed. It is the fifth-largest prize in the game’s history, which sparked a wave of social media daydreaming about what people would do if they won.
The jackpot reached an eye-watering $522 million (Picture: EPA) The winning numbers were 01-02-04-19-29. The Mega Ball number was 20 and the Megaplier, 3. The ticket was sold at Ernie’s Liquors on South White Road, according to the California Lottery. Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star smashed to smithereens
The amount in the pot is based on sales in the 44 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. It has been climbing steady after 22 failed draws since 8th May. The winner can choose to take an immediate lump-sum payout of $308 million before taxes.
The winning ticket was bought from Ernie’s Liquors in San Jose, California (Picture: Google) To take home the entire $522 million, the winner would have to take an initial installment of $7.8 million, followed by 29 annual payments that increase each year. Some Twitter users laid out plans to buy islands or boats with possible winnings, while the more altruistic sketched dreams of charity. Even Minnesota’s Orono Police Department joined the fever: ‘Kinda hard to work today… Thinking about how I’m going to spend my #MegaMillions winnings.’ In March, a New Jersey man won $533 million, the fourth-largest pot in the game’s history and the second-largest win on a single ticket. Since then, in May, a ticket sold in Ohio won a $142 million jackpot claimed by a trust. The Powerball lottery holds the record with a $1.586 billion payout in 2016. The largest Mega Millions lottery grand prize was $656 million in 2012. Three winning tickets were sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.