Madison, Wis. -- The Wisconsin-only lotto game, Megabucks, had a mega winner on Wednesday night. A winning $3.5 million ticket was sold by Discount Smokes and Spirits on 2111 E. Rawson Ave. in Oak Creek for the February 8 drawing. The winning numbers were 5-6-9-11-14-17.
Discount Smokes and Spirits owner, Yash Patel was thrilled to learn of the win.
"We're so happy to sell a jackpot winner. Nothing like this has ever happened to us. We've never sold a winning ticket of more than $1,000."
Not to be confused with the multi-jurisdictional game Mega Millions, Megabucks is only offered in Wisconsin and is one of the longest-running lotto games in the Badger State. Megabucks offers two plays for $1 and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 6,991,908. According to Patel, many of his customers prefer playing Wisconsin lotto games.
"We have several players that believe their chances are better with the Wisconsin-only lotto games."
The Megabucks jackpot was won four times in 2023. The Oak Creek Megabucks win is the game's first jackpot winner of 2024. The last time a Megabucks jackpot was hit was on September 20 when a winning $2.8 million ticket was purchased at Kwik Trip on 12501 W. Arden Place in Butler.
Megabucks has drawings on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets must be purchased before 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday to be included in that day's drawing.
Players have 180 days from the draw date to claim their winnings. Information on how to claim a prize is available at wilottery.com/winners/claim-prize. Players can also check their tickets using the Wisconsin Lottery mobile app, available on the App Store or Google Play.
ABOUT THE WISCONSIN LOTTERY
The Wisconsin Lottery enriches communities statewide by giving back 93 percent of its revenue to winners, retailers, and Wisconsin homeowners. Since 1988, the Wisconsin Lottery has generated:
- More than $19.1 billion in total revenue
- Over $10.8 billion in prizes paid
- More than $5.7 billion in funding for property tax credits to eligible Wisconsin homeowners.