Mega Millions: Charlotte-area resident wins lottery jackpot

Someone in Cornelius has a North Carolina lottery ticket worth millions and may not know it.

Or maybe they do and make plans before claiming a $4 million prize in Tuesday’s Mega Millions draw.

The winner bought a $3 Megaplier ticket in line and matched all five white balls to win $1 million, according to a state lottery press release. The $1 million price tag quadrupled when the 4X Megaplier arrived.

Tuesday winning numbers were 4-19-39-42-52 and the Mega Ball 9.

The ticket is one of three nationwide to win the raffle’s biggest prize. Winners have 180 days to claim the prize, officials said.

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is $376 million, officials said. A winner could opt for an annuity paying the $376 million over 29 years or a one-time amount of $256.4 million.

The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302 million, officials said.

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