Mega Millions player just misses jackpot in Pennsylvania — but still wins big

A Mega Millions ticket sold in Pennsylvania won $1 million, narrowly missing out on the $125 million jackpot, lottery officials say.

The ticket matched five winning numbers in the drawing Friday, April 12, but not the Mega Ball, the Pennsylvania Lottery said.

Nobody won the grand prize, which rises to an estimated $148 million, with a cash option of approximately $68 million, for the next drawing Tuesday, April 16, the national Mega Millions site said.

The winning numbers were 1, 12, 14, 18 and 66, with a Mega Ball of 16.

More than 28,000 other tickets sold in Pennsylvania also won prizes ranging from $2 to $1,000 in the drawing, the lottery said.

Mega Millions tickets sold in Missouri, North Carolina and New York also matched five white numbers to win.

What to know about Mega Millions

To score a jackpot in the Mega Millions, a player must match all five white balls and the gold Mega Ball.

The odds of scoring a jackpot prize are 1 in 302,575,350.

Tickets cost $2 and can be bought on the day of the drawing, but sales times vary by state.

Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. ET and can be streamed online.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Many people can gamble or play games of chance without harm. However, for some, gambling is an addiction that can ruin lives and families.

If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

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