BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COMThe Mega Millions lottery jackpot became the largest one in the area last Friday, and it is continuing to move upward.
Powerball’s $425 million jackpot was won by a ticket from California last Wednesday, but nobody was able to cash a ticket for the Mega Millions top prize on Friday for the fourteenth consecutive drawing.
That means the Mega Millions estimated annuity jackpot for the drawing of Tuesday, February 25 will now be $195 million, and the cash option value will be $107 million, according to the game’s website. Winning numbers for the Mega Millions drawing of Friday, February 21 were 23, 29, 32, 45, and 46. The Mega Ball was 15.
USA Mega reported that two tickets from Pennsylvania and Virginia each won $1 million for matching the first five numbers without getting the Mega Ball correct.
Lottery Post reports that if either one of those tickets had included the Megaplier option they would have been worth $5 million, a pretty sweet consolation prize for second place. The players who added $1 to their ticket cost would have gotten the chance to multiply their $1 million prize by the night’s Megaplier number, which happened to be 5 on Friday.
One New Jersey player took advantage of that to increase their third place winnings from $5,000 to $25,000. According to the New Jersey Lottery web site, that ticket came from Krauszer Food Store in Whiting of Ocean County.
Five other New Jersey tickets won $5,000, according to the Lottery web site. They were purchased at a Rite Aid in Barnegat of Ocean County, Lucky 13 Card and Gift LLC in Norwood of Bergen County, Polsky’s in Harrison of Hudson County, and at Friendly News & Food Store in Bloomfield and Reyes Food Market of Newark, both in Essex County.
The owner of the winning $425 million Powerball ticket was not the only person who did well last Wednesday. The store where the ticket was purchased in Northern California receives a $1 million seller bonus.
Lottery World reported that Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas was the retailer who sold the winning ticket Parmeet Singh, the owner’s son, accepted a $1 million commission check from the California lottery. Parmeet Singh expects his parents to invest their winnings in the chain of 8 convenience stores the family owns.
The Powerball jackpot winner has not yet come forward.