1 Mega Millions lottery ticket wins $120 million

Posted: September 13, 2012

Tonight's $110 million Powerball jackpot is the biggest one around, because Mega Millions got hit last night.

Only a California ticket matched all the numbers drawn: 5, 11, 20, 33 and 36, with a Mega Ball of 11. It was purchased at a 7-Eleven in Riverside.

Just missing, matching all but the Mega Ball, were two other California tickets, and one apiece in New York, Virginia, Massachusetts and Indiana. The California tickets won $220,000 each under that state's pari-mutuel system, and the others won either $250,000 or $1 million if the player also bought the Megaplier multiplier option.

The jackpot reboots to $12 million for Friday's drawing.

It's the second straight Mega Millions win for California, though the last winner needed a little help.

Bladimir Agnite, of Fremont, hit the July 27 jackpot, but was confused when he scanned his ticket and got the message "See the clerk." He didn't. "I didn't know," he said at an Aug. 29 news conference. Lucky for him, after the lottery published a surveillance photo, Agnite's relatives saw it and persuaded him to check it out.

Two days later, Donald Lawson of Lapeer, Mich., was announced as the winner of Powerball's biggest cash jackpot ever - $224.6 million. He won the Aug. 15 drawing, which had an annuity value of $337 million.

Tonight's Powerball jackpot is worth $72.4 million cash. No one matched all of Saturday's numbers - 6, 20, 34, 44 and 48, with a Powerball of 29 - but an Arizona ticket won $1 million by matching the first five numbers.

For more on lotteries, go to www.philly.com/philly/news/lottery, www.powerball.com or www.megamillions.com.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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