Lincoln, NE – December 18, 2013 – In the Tuesday, December 17 Mega Millions® drawing, a $1 million winning ticket was sold in Nebraska. The winning ticket was purchased at Corner Stop, 220 23rd Street in Columbus.
The winning Mega Millions numbers for the December 17 drawing were: white ball numbers 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball® number 7. The winning ticket sold in Columbus matched all five of the winning white ball numbers for the $1 million prize. This is the first $1 million Mega Millions prize won in Nebraska since the game was modified in October 2013.
"Someone in Nebraska is waking up a million dollars richer today because of the new Mega Millions game," said Jim Haynes, Director of the Nebraska Lottery. "We are encouraging our Mega Millions players to check their tickets carefully for winners. You can check your tickets at any Nebraska Lottery retailer and at nelottery.com, or you can call the Nebraska Lottery offices at 402-471-6100."
Prizes for Nebraska Lottery Lotto games can be claimed up to 180 days after the draw date. Prizes of $20,000 or more must be claimed at Lottery headquarters in Lincoln. Additional information about claiming prizes can be found at the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com, or by calling 800-587-5200.
Tuesday's winning ticket becomes the first million-dollar winner in Nebraska since Mega Millions changed its prize payout on October 22, 2013. Previously, the amount won for matching only the first five numbers was $250,000. The winner has 180 days to claim their prize.
In addition to the million-dollar winner, a $5,000 Mega Millions winning ticket was sold at J&J Pit Stop, 1308 West 3rd Street in Alliance. This ticket matched four of the five white ball numbers and the Mega Ball number from the December 17 drawing. Two jackpot-winning tickets were sold in California and Georgia, so the jackpot for the Friday, December 20 drawing is $15 million or $8 million with the cash option selected.
The odds of winning $1 million playing Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204. The overall odds of winning any Mega Millions prize are 1 in 14.7.
The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $499 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery's beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.