"I was so surprised—and then I remembered good things happen in threes, so I'm ready for my next one," joked the lucky winner.
Winner has been playing the same numbers for years after they came to him in a "vivid dream."
"It feels good, no doubt about it!" said the winner to Virginia Lottery officials.
After winning two separate $1 million lottery prizes, Terry Splawn won $100,000 after buying a $20 Premiere Cash ticket.
Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot prize was $288 million with a cash-value option of $208 million.
Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot prize was $256 million with a cash-value option of $186.5 million.
"I couldn't believe it. My family was shocked when I broke the news," recounted the winner from South Carolina.
Each $2 ticket has a 1 in 292,201,338 chance of winning the grand prize, which is set to rise $13 million next week.
Saturday (May 29) night's winning numbers were: 11,13,22,27,46 The Powerball was 20 and the Power Play was X2.
Saturday (May 22) night's winning numbers were: 3, 19, 27, 37, 40. The Powerball was 8 and the Power Play was X2.
Each ticket has a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning any prize, and a 1 in 292,201,338 of winning the grand prize.
Next week's estimated $142 million jackpot is huge, but still a long way short of the biggest ever Powerball prize.
The winning numbers in Saturday night's drawing of the Powerball were 10, 21, 26, 41 and 49. The Powerball was 25 and the Power Play was X2.
The winning numbers were 9, 38, 47, 49 and 68 with the Mega Ball 25 and the Megaplier 2x, according to the Mega Millions website.
"I want to decide what is the best thing to do before spending anything. I need to decide what my goals are, but I know I want to own a bus."
John and Allison McDonald, from Stockton-on-Tees, in England became millionaires and then learned their teenage son, Ewan, was cancer free.
According to the New York Lotto website, the chance of winning the jackpot—that is matching all six numbers—is 1 in 45,057,474.
There were no winners of the first and second prize in the New York Lotto on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.
No winner has been confirmed.
"I freaked out," Bryan Redman said. "I got out of there, ran out of there, got into the car, locked the doors."
"People are buying hundreds at a time. We've sold more than $1,000 worth of Powerball today, and it's still early."