Mega Millions player wins big in New Jersey. Where was the lucky ticket sold?


A lucky lottery player won $1 million during the Mega Millions June 14 drawing.

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A Mega Millions player in New Jersey won $1 million, narrowly missing the the $47 million jackpot, lottery officials said.

The ticket matched the five white balls but missed the gold Mega Ball during the Friday, June 14, drawing.

It was purchased at a 7-Eleven in New Milford, which is about a 20-mile drive northeast from Newark, according to the New Jersey Lottery.

The winning numbers were 1, 25, 26, 31 and 65 with a Mega Ball of 2. The Megaplier was 3.

Players have a shot at the next jackpot during the Tuesday, June 18, drawing. The jackpot has grown to $61 million.

An Illinois lottery player hit the last Mega Millions jackpot on June 4 when they won $552 million, lottery officials said.

What to know about Mega Millions

To score the jackpot in the Mega Millions, a player must match all five white balls and the gold Mega Ball.

The odds of scoring a jackpot prize are 1 in 302,575,350.

Tickets cost $2 and can be bought on the day of the drawing, but sales times vary by state.

Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. ET and can be streamed online.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Many people can gamble or play games of chance without harm. However, for some, gambling is an addiction that can ruin lives and families.

If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

This story was originally published June 17, 2024, 11:39 AM.

Helena Wegner is a McClatchy National Real-Time Reporter covering the state of Washington and the western region. She’s a journalism graduate from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She’s based in Phoenix.

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