A mega million-dollar mistake was made on live television after a host announced the wrong Mega Ball number during a recent draw.
John Crow, the host of Mega Millions mistakenly called the gold Mega Ball as 6 when it was actually a 9. Mega Ball 9 was drawn into the chamber and remains the official result, joining the other winning numbers, officials said.
The full statement from the New York Lottery issued read: “The host of the Mega Millions drawing incorrectly called the Mega Ball a 6 instead of a 9. The 9 ball was drawn into the chamber and is the official result.
“The results of the drawing were audited by Preston CPA. The official results for the May 10, 2022, drawing…are the white balls 15, 19, 20, 61, and 70, plus the gold Mega Ball 9. We apologize for the confusion.”
There were no grand prize winners with either 6 or 9 as the Mega Ball. In New York, there were two $10,000 prizes with a 6, and 30,000 other players with smaller jackpots totaling around $130,000. It’s unsure as to who will be paying for this costly mistake, one that could’ve ended up much worse than the actual result.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to the Mega Millions website, the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.