Dean Cox  /  AP
Emcee Yolanda Vega rehearses for the drawing of the Mega Millions lottery at ABC studios in New York on Friday. The payout of at least $230 million is the highest jackpot in the lottery's two-year history.
updated 2/21/2004 10:39:22 AM ET 2004-02-21T15:39:22

One person won at least $230 million in the Mega Millions lottery, becoming the biggest winner in the game’s history.

The lucky ticket, purchased at a gas station here, matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball number to win the 11-state jackpot. Lottery officials waited Saturday to see if the winner would come forward. The numbers drawn Friday night were: 1-13-20-21-30, and the Mega Ball was 24.

On Saturday, lottery officials were tallying the final jackpot, driven beyond the $230 million mark by bigger sales on Friday than expected, said Penelope Kyle, Virginia Lottery director.

The jackpot was the only topic of conversation at the convenience store where the ticket was sold, the Red Apple Shell station.

"Oh my gosh, you don’t know how excited we are, and we didn’t even win the ticket," said Dangie Robinson, a clerk at the station.

She said the store was abuzz Saturday morning with news that the winning ticket was sold there and excited at the prospect of receiving money from lottery officials. Kyle said store owner Harry Simpson would receive $25,000.

‘Why not me?’
There were 56 second-place winners, matching all five lotto numbers but not the Mega Ball to win $175,000 each. And 209 people matched four lotto numbers, plus the Mega Ball number, for a payout of $5,000 each.

The record jackpot led to higher ticket sales, despite the bleak odds of winning Friday — one in 135,145,920, according to the Mega Millions Web site.

"It’s a chance to get something you don’t have," said Minnie Young, 65, of Dayton, Ohio, who bought five tickets. "Somebody’s got to win. Why not me? I’ve got four sisters. I could give them the money too."

The record drawing was moved from Atlanta to New York City’s Times Square.

States participating in the game are Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington.

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