One ticket with all six numbers in tonight’s multi-state Mega Millions draw was sold in Georgia and its owner must decide whether to accept the estimated cash value of $37.3 million or receive 26 annual payments of approximately $1.88 million each before taxes.
Five other tickets — one each sold in Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York and Virginia — had five numbers, but didn’t have the Mega number and are each worth $250,000, a California Lottery official announced.
The numbers drawn tonight were 5, 12, 26, 42, 49 and the Mega number was 24. The estimated jackpot was $49 million.
The drawing was the seventh since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.
The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number is 1 in 175,711,536, according to the Mega Millions website. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 40.
The Mega Millions game is played in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The jackpot for Friday’s draw will be $12 million.