BULLHEAD CITY — There’s a new millionaire in the Tri-state.
Well, at least before taxes.
A $1 million Mega Millions ticket was sold at a Bullhead City convenience store Tuesday night. While the winner certainly was lucky, he or she was just one number — the Mega Ball — away from winning nearly half a billion dollars.
According to Arizona State Lottery officials, a ticket matching the first five numbers for Tuesday night’s drawing was sold to an as yet unidentified customer at the Circle K store in the 1000 block of Highway 95 in Old Bullhead. The winning numbers that matched were 25, 37, 46, 48 and 68. The Mega Ball that was drawn was 25. What Mega Ball was played on the $1 million was not disclosed Wednesday.
Lottery officials encourage anyone who bought a ticket at the Circle K — or anywhere else, for that matter — to check their numbers. According to lottery officials, the ticket from Circle K was one of five $1 million Mega Millions ticket sold in the U.S. Tuesday night; others were sold in Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan and Minnesota.
There were 46 $10,000 prize winners — matching four balls and the Mega Ball — with one of those sold in Arizona. Arizona lottery officials reported that sales for Tuesday’s drawing included more than 1,700 tickets winning $10 or more.
Lottery representatives said that more than 600,000 $2 Mega Millions tickets were sold in Arizona between June 1 and Tuesday’s drawing.
The Mega Millions grand prize is expected to be about $530 million for Friday night’s drawing, lottery officials said. If that number holds, it would be the seventh-largest jackpot in the 17-year history of Mega Millions. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The $530 million is based on winners taking an annuity jackpot; the lump-sum cash jackpot (before taxes) is an estimated $343.9 million.