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A $3M lottery ticket was purchased in Sterling, but no one has claimed it

Somewhere there is a lottery ticket from Mega Millions' Sept. 5 drawing that’s now worth $3 million, according to Virginia Lottery officials.

And the ticket was purchased in Loudoun County – at Giant Food in Sterling.

But the winner has yet to claim the prize.

The ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. Normally that would win Mega Millions’second prize of $1 million. However, whoever bought it spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier. The Megaplier number in the drawing was 3x, which means this ticket is now worth three times what it would have been without the Megaplier.

The winning numbers for the Sept. 5 drawing were 11-17-59-70-72, and the Mega Ball number was 1.

The ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers, and one of just two nationwide.

Whoever has the ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery at 703-494-1501 or 804-492-7778.

No ticket matched all six numbers in the Sept. 5 drawing to win the estimated $61 million jackpot. That means the jackpot increases to an estimated $70 million for Friday’s drawing.

The odds of matching the first five numbers without the Mega Ball are 1 in 18,492,204.


Hopefully the winner is trying to figure out a way to not come forward publically to avoid the family members he/she never met.

So? This person has six months. It hasn’t even been a week yet.

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