Single Ticket Wins a $530 Million Jackpot

June 10, 2019 Updated: June 10, 2019

Someone in California is super rich. About $530 million wealthier—or a cash option payout of $345.2 million.

A single winning ticket sold in the state matched all six numbers of the Mega Millions jackpot on June 7 night. The numbers were 17, 19, 27, 40 and 68—with a gold Mega Ball 2, contest officials announced early Saturday.

It is the seventh-largest jackpot in the history of Mega Millions drawings and the largest since last October, the organization said. That jackpot came in at $1.5 billion.

This drawing awarded about half a billion dollars. That means the winner can get about 1,000 private islands, 384 castles, and 833 Ferraris.

File photo of signs displaying the jackpots for Mega Millions
signs displaying the jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball lottery drawings at a newsstands in midtown Manhattan in New York on Oct. 19, 2018. (Mike Sugar/Reuters)

The jackpot has been accruing since it was last won in Missouri on March 12. The next drawing Tuesday has a starting value of $40 million, according to Mega Millions.

The Mega Millions lottery has players in 44 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. And the winner is definitely lucky. After changing the number of balls drawn, the odds of winning the jackpot has gone from 1 in about 258 million to 1 in roughly 302 million.

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A Canadian man became $5 million richer after winning the British Columbia Lottery, but he has no plans to leave his job as a janitor.

Just a few days after celebrating his 58th birthday, Vito Halasan matched all six numbers to win the jackpot from the April 27 draw.

“I have really blurry vision, so I had to hold the ticket right up to my face,” Halasan said in a release. “I couldn’t believe it.”

He called his daughter in a panic after realizing what had happened.

“He sat me down at the table,” his daughter said. “And then he whispered really quietly to me that he won $7 million [in Canadian dollars].”

Halasan won $7 million in the Canadian lottery but doesn't plan to quit his day job.
Halasan won $7 million in the Canadian lottery but doesn’t plan to quit his day job. (CNN)

But she didn’t believe him.

“We had to check online several times,” she said.

Halasan’s family moved to Canada from the Philippines in 2009. Now, he says he can provide the life he has dreamed of for his three children and four grandchildren.

He’s buying them a house.

“I buy lottery tickets, so I can dream,” Halasan said. “I dream of being able to take care of my kids and make their future better.”

And while he’s not quitting, Halasan said he’ll probably scale back his hours.

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