A winning Mega Millions game was sold at an SC gas station. Check your tickets

Mega Millions has not had a grand prize winner since December 2023, but someone who recently bought a ticket in the Palmetto State narrowly missed out on capturing the nine-figure jackpot.

The ticket purchased at a gas station in South Carolina’s Upstate region was one number shy of winning the game’s jackpot, South Carolina Education Lottery officials said in a news release.

For coming so close, the ticket buyer will receive a $40,000 payday, according to the release.

Now the search is underway for the winner.

What turned out to be the five-figure winning ticket was sold at the Kent Kwik gas station/convenience store at 235 East Main St. in Walhalla, officials said.

The winning numbers from the Feb. 16 Mega Millions drawing were 19, 23, 39, 42, 67 and Megaball: 18.

The winning ticket matched four white ball numbers and the gold Megaball number, lottery officials said. Because “4” was the Megaplier number that was drawn, the prize was quadrupled for the $40,000 prize.

The odds of matching four white balls and the gold Megaball are 1-in-931,001, according to the release.

The winner has 180 days to claim the prize, according to lottery officials.

The winner will be allowed to retain some privacy, as South Carolina is one of 11 states — along with Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Virginia — that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.

“Sign the back of your ticket and put it in a safe location until you’re ready to come forward to claim the prize,” lottery officials said.

For complete information on claiming prizes, go to sceducationlottery.com.

The Kent Kwik gas station will receive a commission for selling the winning ticket, when it is turned into lottery officials.

In addition to the $40,000 winning game, more than 11,000 other players in South Carolina won prizes in the Feb. 6 drawing, according to the release.

Because there was no grand prize winner last week, the jackpot for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing has risen to $563 million.

Tickets are $2, and could cost more with additional options.

The odds of winning Mega Million’s grand prize are 1-in-302,575,350.