A shopper who picked up a Mega Millions ticket at the Giant Food store in Cascades this week took home a $3 million winner.
The ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number in Tuesday’s drawing. Normally, that would win Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million. However, the buyer paid an extra dollar for the Megaplier. The Megaplier number in the Sept. 5 drawing was 3x, which means this ticket is worth three times its winning value.
The winning numbers for Tuesday’s drawing were 11-17-59-70-72 and the Mega Ball number was 1.
This ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers, and one of just two nationwide.
The ticket holder has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize.
The Virginia Lottery advises the winner to immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When ready to claim the prize he or she may contact the Virginia Lottery at 703-494-1501 or 804-492-7778.