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Mega Millions finally has a $540 million winner — but not in California

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Vee John takes her lottery tickets at Bluebird Liquors in Hawthorne, Calif.
(Nick Ut / AP Photo)

A ticket sold in Indiana matched the numbers in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing to win a jackpot estimated at $540 million, lottery officials said.

That is the third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, and it’s the most ever won on a single Mega Millions ticket.

The winning Mega Millions numbers are white balls 8-19-20-55-73 and yellow ball 5.

Friday’s jackpot was the seventh-highest U.S. jackpot. The Powerball game had the biggest U.S. jackpot ever at $1.586 billion. Winners in Tennessee and Florida cashed in their tickets after picking the right numbers for the Jan. 12 drawing, but a third ticket sold in suburban Los Angeles still hasn’t been turned in. The winner has another six months before the ticket expires.

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The odds of correctly picking all five white ball numbers (out of 75) and one yellow ball number (out of 15) in the Mega Millions game are 1 in 259 million. The jackpot had been rolling over since March 8.

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