SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Although not the $1.58 billion jackpot, one out of five additional winning tickets was sold on Tuesday night in Merced County in California’s Central Valley.
The third-largest jackpot prize was won by a store in Florida, matching the numbers 13-19-20-32-33 with a Mega Ball of 14 in yellow.
The California ticket was among five winners, including tickets in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and two in Texas, all of which matched every number except the yellow Mega Ball.
According to the Mega Millions website, the California ticket was purchased at a Super Mac Food & Gas station in Hilmar, located at 8480 Lander Ave. This establishment is a Kwik Serv station.
Due to the distinct prize calculation method in California, the winning ticket in Merced County holds a value of $3.3 million, while the remaining four tickets sharing the same numbers are valued at $1 million each.
If a winner chooses the annuity option, the $1.58 billion prize would be distributed over 30 years. However, most people tend to prefer a lump sum, which for this Tuesday’s jackpot would be an estimated $783.3 million.
The awarded amount would be subject to federal taxes, and many states also levy taxes on lottery winnings.
Mega Millions is a game played in 45 states, along with Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The current jackpot has now reached $20 million.