FARGO — A Mega Millions lottery ticket purchased at a store in Fargo matched all five white balls in a Tuesday, March 30, drawing.
That made the ticket worth $1 million, but because the ticket buyer had added the Megaplier feature for one dollar more, the prize tripled, making the winning ticket worth $3 million.
The winning numbers drawn Tuesday were 11, 37, 47, 53, 56 and the Mega Ball was 15. The Megaplier multiplier was 3.
The ticket was sold at the Casey’s General Store located at 3545 25th St. S.
The store location will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning Mega Millions ticket and an additional $5,000 because the ticket included the Megaplier feature, for a total of $10,000.
As of Wednesday evening, no one had yet contacted lottery officials to claim the prize.
North Dakota is one of only a few states that allow lottery prize winners to remain anonymous if they wish.
Angel Derdoski, manager at the Casey's General Store where the big winning ticket was purchased, said previous winning tickets have come nowhere close to the latest jackpot.
"I want to say we've done, like, a $10,000 winner, but, that was it," Derdoski said, adding, "I'm really hoping it's a regular, or at least someone we know. That would be cool."
Derdoski said one of the store's regular ticket buyers likes to jot down on the ticket the name of the person who sold it to him, just in case it wins.
"Hopefully, it's him. But you never know," she said.
Asked if she plays the lottery herself, Derdoski said no.
"I see how many people don't win every day, so it's kind of like a deterrent," she said.
Lottery prizes over $599 must be claimed at the North Dakota Lottery office in Bismarck, but because the lottery office is currently closed to the public, the winner or winners will need to contact lottery officials by telephone first to receive special instructions and make arrangements to claim their prize.
The North Dakota Lottery can be reached at 701-328-1574.
The prize ties the record for the largest prize won in North Dakota Lottery history. The previous record prize was a $3 million Mega Millions with Megaplier ticket purchased in Williston for the May 17, 2016, draw.
"We are extremely excited to have another big winner in North Dakota. In just over two months, we’ve had a $1 million winner, a $25,000-a-year-for-life winner and now this $3 million winner," said Randy Miller, director of the North Dakota Lottery.
Miller stressed that anytime someone finds they have a winning ticket the first thing they should do is sign the back of it.
Winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.
The Mega Millions jackpot for the Friday, April 2, drawing is $168 million.
For winning numbers and other information, visit: www.lottery.nd.gov/public.