Updated: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2005, 1:22pm
The winning ticket in Friday night's $250 million Mega Millions lottery game was sold at a store in New Jersey, lottery officials said Saturday.
The winning amount is the largest single-ticket prize in state history. The estimated cash value of the jackpot is about $151 million before taxes.
The ticket was sold at Leprechaun News in Rutherford. The ticketholder had not contacted lottery officials by Saturday morning. A news conference is scheduled at the store at 10 a.m.
A total of 23 tickets came within just one number of hitting the jackpot. Each matched the first five numbers and only missed the Mega Ball number. Those tickets were purchased in California (2), Georgia (3), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), New Jersey (2) New York (6), Ohio (2), Texas (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (2).
Another 119 players matched four numbers, plus the Mega Ball number — good for third prizes of $10,000 each.
The winning numbers from Friday night's drawing were: 5, 16, 41, 46 and 50. The Mega Ball number was 1.
The Texas Megaplier was 4.
All drawing detail for Friday's Mega Millions drawing can be found at USA Mega.
The previous state record for the highest single-ticket lottery jackpot was held by Sonny Judson of Cliffside Park, who won $165 million in the Mega Millions drawing of July 16, 2002. The nation's record jackpot was $363 million, shared by two Mega Millions (then called "The Big Game") winners in May 2000. The largest single-ticket winner won a $314.9 million jackpot in the multi-state Powerball game on Christmas Day 2002.
Mega Millions is played in 12 states: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Washington and California.
Since the draw for the most recent Mega Millions began on July 26 with a jackpot of $12 million, players bought a total of more than $491 million worth of tickets, according to lottery officials.