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2 $1 million lotto tickets sold in NJ amid Mega Millions craze

TRENTON, N.J. — While no one managed the big prize in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions draw, two New Jerseyans matched five numbers on their ticket, winning a $1 million prize.

The tickets were purchased at a convenience store on Pacific Avenue in Somerville and a 7/11 on North Gaston Avenue in Atlantic City. The identity of the winners or whether or not they’d claimed their prize was not made public by the New Jersey Lottery.

There were eight third-tier prizewinning tickets sold in the state that matched four of the five white balls and the gold ball, winning $10,000. One of those tickets was purchased with the Megaplier option, multiplying the prize to $20,000. Those tickets were purchased in Point Pleasant, Glen Rock, Woodridge, Gibbstown, Turnersville, Freehold, Vauxhall and Columbia. Another 220 players in the state matched four of five white balls, winning $500, with 27 purchased the Megapiler option, multiplying the prize to $1,000.

Another 281,624 New Jersey players took home prizes ranging from $2 to $400.

While no one managed the big prize in Tuesday night's Mega Millions draw, two New Jerseyans matched five numbers on their ticket, winning a $1 million prize.

$1M Mega Millions ticket sold at N.J. supermarket

A $1 million Mega Millions ticket was sold for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing at a supermarket in Somerset County.

The lucky ticket was bought at Kings Food Markets on Mountain Boulevard in Warren, New Jersey Lottery officials said. It matched five numbers but not the Mega Ball.

Though no one across the country hit Tuesday’s $291 million jackpot, there were two other second-prize tickets purchased — one in Georgia and one in North Carolina.

Tuesday’s winning numbers were 1, 10, 18, 20, and 46. The Mega Ball drawn was 15 with a Megaplier of 2x.

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to an estimated $310 million with a cash option of $238 million.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and in New Jersey must be bought by 10:45 p.m. on the evening of the drawing. The odds of a ticket hitting the jackpot by matching five numbers and the Mega Ball are 302,575,350 to 1. Players have a 1 in 12,607,306 shot to win the second prize of at least $1 million by matching five numbers.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The New Jersey Lottery office in Lawrence is open to the public by appointment. You can still claim your winnings — provided they’re less than $599.50 — in person at any retailer.

The lottery is also accepting mailed claims, though officials warn payments might be temporarily delayed. Winners are advised to make copies of the claim form and the winning ticket for their records.

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