When the winner of the U.S. Mega Millions Lottery drawing comes forward they will get $239 million instead of the advertised $230 million Friday top prize.
Virginia lottery officials Monday said the jackpot was actually $9 million more because of strong ticket sales during the hour leading up to the Feb. 20 drawing.
One jackpot-winning ticket was purchased in Stephens City, Va., with all five winning numbers: 01-12-20-21-30 and the gold Mega Ball, 24.
"As if $230 million wasn't enough," said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Penelope Kyle, "exceptionally strong sales in the hour leading up to Friday's drawing pushed the actual jackpot amount a full $9 million higher than our estimated jackpot amount."
A single winner could take an annuity of $9.1 million a year for 26 years, or $17.49 per minute, before taxes.
The Mega Millions jackpot for Tonight's drawing is $10 million.