$1 million lottery ticket sold in Columbus

2013-12-18T23:30:00Z 2013-12-19T15:27:06Z $1 million lottery ticket sold in ColumbusBy Tyler Ellyson / tellyson@columbustelegram.com Columbus Telegram

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.

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