$450 million jackpot Mega Millions ticket sold in Port Richey

FILE (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) — One lucky person in Pasco County became a whole lot richer on Friday night.

The only Mega Millions ticket to match all six winning numbers was sold in Port Richey. The person who bought the ticket will now get to claim the $450 million grand prize.

The winning numbers were 28-30-39-59-70 with Mega Ball 10.

Lottery officials say the sole winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven on Ridge Road near Regency Park Boulevard.

“It is the fourth largest jackpot,” said Don Creley, the district manager for Florida Lottery. “Two of the largest jackpots were sold in Florida so we are a state of winners. Let’s face it.”

The store saw a spike in business following the news of the winning ticket.

“I felt like there was a little extra luck at this 7-Eleven,” said Michael Wallace who lives near the convenience store. “There were a lot of people in [the store] buying tickets. I do not think I have ever seen it this crowded before.”

“I heard somebody won so I had to come in and check it out and I had to get me one too,” he continued.

Wallace has his eyes set on Saturday night’s Powerball jackpot worth $570 million.  “Save your money guys,” said Wallace as he waved a lottery ticket at us. “I got this one right here.”

Wallace is not the only one feeling confident.  A number of customers inside the store fantasized about what they would do with their imaginary winnings.

“I would explore the world,” said Brett Diwa.

“I would just pay my house off and then bank the rest,” said Frank Green.

“I would help some people out,” said David Burton.

Burton also seems to be feeling pretty confident about Saturday’s Powerball drawing.

“I think this is a winning spot,” he said, referencing the 7-Eleven.

Burton bought two Powerball tickets—one for him, one for his son.

The winning numbers for Saturday’s massive Powerball jackpot are: 12, 61, 30, 29, 33. PowerBall 26 and PowerPlay 3x.

As for the Mega Millions jackpot, a winner has yet to come forward.  

The Mega Millions winner has two options to receive the money. They can choose to receive $281 million up front or annual payments amounting to about $15 million each year.

“They’ve got one choice or the other and it depends on what their financial situation is, how comfortable they are managing that amount of money,” said Creley.

Creley said the winner will have to travel to Tallahassee to claim the prize.

The Associated Press reports that odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302.5 million, and Powerball odds are one in 292.2 million.

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