MIDDLETOWN, Pa., July 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Before tonight's Mega Millions® jackpot rolled to $449 million, one winning Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions ticket worth $2 million from the Friday, July 1, drawing was sold at Yorty's Deli, 5932 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia.
The ticket matched all five white balls drawn, 20-41-42-45-49, but not the yellow Mega Ball 14, to win a $1 million prize, less applicable tax withholding. It was sold with the $1 Megaplier option, which boosted the prize to $2 million instead of $1 million because Friday's multiplier was two.
The retailer earns a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
The prize must be claimed and the ticket validated before the winner can be identified. Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.
The Lottery encourages the holder of the winning ticket to sign the back of the ticket, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County, or at any of Lottery's seven area offices.
Claims may be filed at Lottery headquarters Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at area offices.
Players should check every ticket, every time, and immediately sign winning tickets. Lower-tier prizes may be claimed at a Lottery retailer.
More than 289,200 Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions tickets won prizes in the drawing, including 41,065 tickets purchased with the Megaplier option that won prizes multiplied by two.
The Mega Millions jackpot rolled to an estimated annuity value of $449 million, or $313.3 million cash, for the Tuesday, July 5, drawing.
The Pennsylvania Lottery awarded more than $287.6 million in prizes to Philadelphia County winners and contributed more than $307.3 million to programs serving the county's older residents in the 2014-15 fiscal year.
How to Play Mega Millions: Mega Millions tickets cost $1 per play. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 75 and one number from 1 to 15 (the Mega Ball). Players may select their own numbers using a Mega Millions play slip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. For an extra $1 per play, players can add the Megaplier®. Prior to the Mega Millions drawing, the Megaplier number – ranging from two to five – is randomly selected. The Megaplier applies to non-jackpot prizes.
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets are sold until 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights, Tuesdays and Fridays.
About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $25.8 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state.
The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lottery Public Relations, 717-702-8008
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