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$51M Mega Millions ticket sold in California

May 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
One ticket sold in California won the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game.

The ticket owner won the $51 million jackpot and now must decide whether to accept the estimated cash value of $32 million or receive 26 annual payments of approximately $1.96 million dollars each before taxes.

The winning numbers drawn on Tuesday were: 01-16-29-50, Mega Ball: 16.

Players need to pick all 5 winning numbers and the Mega Ball to win the jackpot.

The jackpot for Friday's draw will be $12 million.

The Mega Millions game is played in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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