NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of people lined up in 41 states and in Washington, D.C. ahead of Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing worth $355 million and Nashville was no exception.
“I just bought $20 worth of Mega Millions tickets, the first I have ever bought,” said Tami Pearce as she left the Exxon Tigermart on Broadway and 12th Avenue downtown.
Even the CEO of a local copying company wanted in on the action.
“First time it has gone up that high, with all the excitement, I thought it might be my lucky day,” Darren Metz told News 2.
The $355 million prize is second largest in Mega Millions history. The lottery's largest prize of $390 million in March 2007 was the richest in U.S. history.
The cash option for Tuesday's jackpot works out to be about $224 million.
The Mega Millions game is similar to Powerball. Players try to win by matching five regular numbers plus the “Mega ball.” Tickets cost $1.
Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday night. Besides the jackpot, prizes range from $2 to $250,000.
The Mega Millions game expanded last year under a cross-selling agreement with Powerball to become available in 41 states and Washington, D.C., including Tennessee.
In Tennessee, 61% of lottery revenue goes to prizes, 27% to education, 7% to retailers and nearly 5% to lottery operations.
The winning ticket was drawn at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
The winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25, 47, with 42 being the Mega Ball number.
Read more at MegaMillions.com.