Mega Millions Suspends Prize Payouts After Advertiser’s On-Air Snafu

Multi-state lottery Mega Millions was forced to temporarily suspend prize payouts this week after a snafu when calling Tuesday’s winning numbers.

Announcer John Crow mistakenly labeled the Mega Ball a gold 6, multiple outlets reported.

But the winning ball was a 9.

The incorrect 6 also appeared on the screen while drawing.

Watch the video on the Mega Millions website here:

“The 9-ball has been drawn into the chamber and is the official result,” the lottery said in a statement shared on its website. The actual winning numbers, he confirmed, were 15-19-20-61-70 and Mega Ball 9 gold.

“We apologize for the confusion,” the lottery added, encouraging players to keep their ticket once the issue is resolved.

Nobody won Tuesday’s $86 million jackpot.

In New York, some people were paid based on the wrong winning number.

“Due to human error related to the Mega Millions draw on May 10, 2022, the New York Lottery paid a total of $5,538 to players who presented tickets with the wrong winning number to retailers before approximately 10 a.m. May 11,” the organization said in a statement shared on Twitter.

“This payment was collected automatically through a lottery account for uncashed tickets. There is no impact on education aid or taxpayer funds,” he added.


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