One lucky winner will start the new year $425 million richer after matching all six numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions.
There was one winning ticket sold in New York for the New Year’s Day drawing, according to the Mega Millions website. Seven other players won at least $1 million after matching all but the Mega Ball. The winning numbers were 34, 44, 57, 62, 70 and Mega Ball 14.
The $425 million jackpot was the eighth largest in its history and just the fifth drawing on New Year’s Day. The lucky winner has a cash option of $254.6 million. A winner has claimed the jackpot on New Year’s Day only once before, in 2008.
The lotto prize hit a record $1.537 billion in October, but the buyer of the one winning ticket sold in South Carolina has not come forward yet. It was the world’s largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket.
To win the Mega Millions jackpot, players pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers – five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 – or select Easy Pick or Quick Pick.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each.
The estimated jackpot for Friday’s drawing is $40 million, or $23.9 million in cash.