$1 million lottery ticket sold at Phoenix area convenience store
PHOENIX — The biggest lottery prize in years may have proved elusive in Arizona, but someone who bought a Mega Millions ticket in a Phoenix suburb has won $1 million.
The Arizona Lottery said Tuesday night the winning ticket was bout at a convenience store near Elliot and Dobson roads in Chandler. Seven others in the state won $10,000 apiece.
The overall winner who will collect $1.537 billion, bought a ticket in South Carolina. The total is just shy of the all-time world record. Winning numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.
Lotto fortune has been smiling on Arizona of late. Last weekend, someone in Congress, Arizona, struck it rich with the Powerball to the tune of $1 million.
Jackpot winners can remain anonymous in eight states — Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. In Arizona, people who win more than $600 can keep their names secret for 90 days after claiming prizes, but after that names are public record.
The earlier Mega Millions estimate of $1.6 billion would have been a world record for lotteries, but actual sales came in below the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot prize shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January of 2016.
The ticket sold Tuesday is worth about $877.8 million in a lump-sum cash payment, which most winners choose to take.
The Mega Millions jackpot grew so large because it had been nearly three months since a player had matched all six numbers and won the top prize.
The last time that happened was July 24, when 11 co-workers from California won a $543 million prize.
Editor’s note: A spokeswoman for the Arizona Lottery corrected the location where the $1 million ticket was purchased.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.