COLUMBUS — One lucky customer of a local convenience store is $1 million richer this week.
Corner Stop sold a Mega Millions ticket for the Tuesday drawing that earned someone the $1 million prize.
The winning ticket matched all five white ball numbers — 8, 14, 17, 20 and 39 — but missed the Mega Ball number, 7.
Two tickets sold in California and Georgia matched all six numbers to split the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The Columbus ticket is the first $1 million Mega Millions prize won in Nebraska since the game’s prize payout was changed in October. Previously, the amount won for matching the five white ball numbers was $250,000.
Corner Stop owner Jed Brunken said the $1 million prize is the largest amount a customer at the 220 23rd St. store has ever won from a lottery ticket.
He also believes it’s the largest lottery prize ever won in Columbus.
The odds of winning $1 million playing Mega Millions are one in 18,492,204.
Brunken said Corner Stop sells a large number of lottery and scratch tickets, so “it was only a matter of time until we did get a large winner.”
He said the store’s phone was “ringing off the hook” Wednesday as people called in to confirm the prize-winning ticket was sold there and seek out details.
But Brunken and Nebraska Lottery officials still don’t know who the lucky winner is.
“I know a lot of people who it’s not,” said Brunken, whose store receives a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
The ticketholder has 180 days to claim the $1 million prize.
A $5,000 Mega Millions ticket was also sold for Tuesday’s drawing at J&J Pit Stop in Alliance.
The jackpot for Friday’s Mega Millions drawing is $15 million, or $8 million if the cash option is selected.