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Mega Millions Numbers Hit for $321M Jackpot on Ticket in NY

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Nov 2014 11:47 AM

The $321 million Mega Million jackpot was won in New York Tuesday night by a single ticket that matched all six numbers and the mega ball. The total is the eighth largest in the game's history.

Lottery officials haven't said if a winner has come forward yet, but the winning ticket matched the numbers of 9, 15, 24, 39 and 41, along with the mega ball number of 1. The New York ticket is the first winner since the jackpot was captured by a California player on Aug. 22.

Rick Knudsen, 53, of Calimesa, claimed the $180 million California jackpot in early September, according to Mega Million officials. The retired manager told lottery officials he only played Mega Millions about five times a year.

"I don't play unless I feel lucky, and the jackpot is high. I felt lucky," Knudsen told Mega Million officials in September. "I bought something and it was six dollars even. No change. And then later on that morning, I bought something somewhere else and it was nine dollars even."

"Five different places that day I didn't pay any change. The totals were all even amounts. I'm a numbers freak and that all means something in my head. So I said, 'I gotta stop somewhere and buy a (lottery) ticket.' So on my way home, I bought the Quick Picks for $10," Knudsen said.

Mega Millions reported Tuesday that five tickets won $4 million Match 5 prizes for matching the five white ball numbers and the optional Megaplier for an additional $1 purchase. The winning Match 5 tickets were sold in California, New Jersey, New York and two in Texas.

WABC-TV reported that if the winner decides on receiving a one-time cash payout, they would receive $194 million after taxes. The television station noted that the chances of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850.

The Mega Millions lottery game is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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