DALLAS - Someone who bought a Mega Millions lottery ticket in west Oak Cliff is $1 million richer today.
Lottery officials said a ticket with five matching numbers was sold at the Tom Thumb store on South Hampton Road. But the drawing happened after 10 p.m. Tuesday, so there’s a good chance the person who bought the ticket doesn’t yet know it’s a winner.
There were no jackpot-winning tickets for the latest Mega Millions drawing, increasing the prize to an estimated $508 million. The next drawing is on Friday.
With slightly better odds than the Powerball game, it's rare that nearly four months passes without someone winning a Mega Millions jackpot. Tuesday marked the 34th time the jackpot has rolled over without a winner. The previous record was 22 rolls.
"This is our longest roll ever, by far," said Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and lead director for Mega Millions, which is managed by a consortium of lottery organizations.
Otto said there are several factors for the lack of a winner, and it includes fewer players. The highest jackpot drawn in the country was a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot won in January by players in three states.
"It takes much bigger jackpots to get players excited," she said. "It looks like the tipping point might be right about now."
In addition to the $1 million winner in North Texas, one ticket sold somewhere in Texas is worth $25,000 and seven are worth $5,000. Tuesday’s winning numbers were 29-64-46-53-73 and the Megaplier number was 10.