Winning ticket for US$500 million Mega Millions jackpot sold in New Jersey

It is only the fourth time the Mega Millions jackpot has surpassed the half-billion-dollar mark.
It is only the fourth time the Mega Millions jackpot has surpassed the half-billion-dollar mark.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The sole winning ticket for the Mega Millions lottery was sold in New Jersey, the state's lottery organisation said on Saturday (March 31), but the identity of the winner of the US$521 million (S$682 million) jackpot was not immediately known.

The latest draw marks only the fourth time the jackpot has surpassed the half-billion-dollar mark in the game's history, the Mega Millions lottery said.

The winning numbers drawn on Friday night were 11, 28, 31, 46, and 59 with a "mega Ball" of 1.

They appear on a single ticket sold at a Lukoil gas station in Riverdale, New Jersey, the New Jersey Lottery said on Twitter.

The drawing follows a March 27 Mega Millions drawing that was the twenty-third in a row without a jackpot-winning ticket.

The grand prize has rolled higher since it was last won on Jan 5 at US$451 million by a 20-year-old Florida man, the lottery said.

Friday's 11pm ET (11am Singapore time) jackpot drawing was for the 10th largest prize ever offered in the United States.

Powerball holds the record with a US$1.586 billion payout in 2016.

The Mega Millions record is US$656 million won in 2012.