The big winner may be in Florida, but Texas retailers minted two new millionaires in Friday's $450-million Mega Millions drawing, too.
Yes, someone won the jackpot in the fourth-largest drawing in Mega Millions history. No, it probably wasn't you.
But two players in Texas are proof that repeatedly banging your head against that lottery wall can actually — albeit rarely — net you a pretty good little weekend.
While the sole jackpot-winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey, Fla., according to the Mega Millions website, two Texans won $1 million and $3 million respectively, by matching all five numbers drawn and just missing on the Mega Ball.
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Well, the tickets are Texans, anyway. No word on who the lucky devils are or on their whereabouts — shucks. The two Texans tickets were both sold in the Houston area: the $1 million-winner at a Baytown store called Angels In Town, and the $3 million-winner at a Stagecoach Liquor in Humble, according to the Texas Lottery website.
The winning numbers for Friday's drawing were 28 — 30 — 39 — 59 — 70, and the Mega Ball was 10.
If you belong to the mass of humanity that did not win Friday, have no fear. The Powerball jackpot for Saturday was up to $570 million just hours before the latest bonanza drawing.