Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game and one of two big jackpot games in the United States. Mega Millions winning numbers drawn for $522M jackpotThe owner told ABC7 News that this is the first time a victor has hit the jackpot at Ernie's. The lucky numbers were 01-02-04-19-29.
Two tickets sold in New Jersey had the first five numbers but not the Mega Ball.
The amount in the pot is based on sales in the 44 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. It had been climbing steadily since May 8.
Winners have the option of taking a lump sum payment of $303 million or taking annual payments over the course of 30 years, eventually adding up to the jackpot.
To take home the entire $522 million, the victor would have to take an initial installment of $7.8 million, followed by 29 annual payments that increase each year.
Even Minnesota's Orono Police Department joined the fever: 'Kinda hard to work today... "I'd pay off my house, go on a nice vacation, finish my kids' college tuitions", El Segundo resident Frank Hyland said.
And while that number you have in your hand feels like the one, the odds of winning Tuesday's jackpot are actually just 1 in 302,575,350.
The Powerball lottery holds the overall record with a US$1.586 billion payout in 2016.
The biggest Mega Millions prize ever won was $656 million, which was split three ways in 2012.