Mega Millions $1 billion ticket sold in Michigan, smaller prizes won elsewhere
It’s been the longest-running game without a jackpot win
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One winning ticket was sold in Michigan for Friday’s $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, according to the game’s official website.
The ticket was purchased at a Kroger’s grocery store at 47650 Grand River Ave in Novi, the Michigan Lottery said.
“Kroger congratulates the individual who purchased a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket at our location in Novi, Michigan,” a Kroger spokesperson told Fox News on Saturday.
In addition, Match 5 winners were found in Florida (two), Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York (two) and Pennsylvania, according to the site.
Match 5 + Megaplier winning tickets were sold in North Carolina and Virginia.
Friday’s winning numbers were: 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 with the Mega Ball number 24, according to the site.
The jackpot had soared to an estimated $1 billion as of Friday evening after Tuesday’s drawing failed to result in a winner. Friday’s prize was the second-largest in the game’s history.
If a player claims the winnings, it would be the third-largest lotto prize ever, below only two jackpots exceeding $1.5 billion.
The winner will have the option of a one-time, lump-sum payment — or an annuity paid out over the course of about 30 years.
The cash option is estimated at about $739.6 million before taxes.
Forms for the Mega Millions lottery at a local grocery store Jan. 12, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press)
According to officials, the pot ahead of Tuesday’s drawing had already entered “rarified territory” as it rose to an estimated $850 million.
Tuesday night’s drawing produced millions of winning tickets at other prize levels, according to lottery officials. However, it fell short of finding a ticket to match the five white balls 10, 19, 26, 28 and 50, plus the gold Mega Ball 16.
The Jan. 22 drawing will be the 37th draw in the current jackpot run which has been ongoing since Sept. 15, when a Wisconsin player won a $120 million prize.
Officials say it’s the longest the game has ever gone without seeing a jackpot win.
However, there have been nearly 35.4 million winning tickets at other prize levels during the long stretch, including 60 worth at least $1 million.The prize is the second-largest in the game’s history.
Mega Millions Lottery Reaches $750M, the Second-Largest Payout Ever, After No One Wins Again
No one has matched all of the numbers drawn in the Mega Millions lottery since September
The Mega Millions jackpot continues to grow, and this week’s prize is the second-largest in the lottery’s history.
Lucky winners who match the Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday night stand to win $750 million, or $550.6 million cash after no winning tickets emerged following Tuesday’s draw.
While the winnings are certainly massive, they still wouldn’t be as big as the current Mega Millions record, which stands at $1.537 billion, according to the lottery. That prize was won by someone in South Carolina in 2018, and remains the world’s largest lotto prize ever awarded on a single ticket.
The $750 million pot has slowly been increasing since Sept. 15, when the last slate of winning numbers was drawn in Wisconsin. Friday’s drawing will mark the 35th time the numbers have been drawn, which matches the longest roll in the game’s history.
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Though no one matched all the numbers on Tuesday, more than 3 million people won prizes on some level, including nine tickets that matched five white balls and won the game’s second prize.
Despite the potential for some big winnings, there are still Powerball tickets that have awarded even more in prize money. Two Powerball jackpots were previously worth $768.4 million and $758.7 million when someone won, while the biggest ever was worth $1.586 billion. That prize was won five years ago by three different people.
Per the Mega Millions website, people can choose between two options if they have a winning ticket.
The first choice is taking the grand prize in an annuity option, which is awarded to winners in “one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments,” each of which are 5% bigger than the last.
The other choice is a cash option, which awards winners with a one-time, lump-sum payment equivalent to all the cash in the jackpot pool, the website states.
Though most winners choose the cash option, approximately half of their earnings go toward tax, NBC News reported.No one has matched all of the numbers drawn in the Mega Millions lottery since September ]]>