Person in Michigan wins Mega Millions’ $1 billion jackpot, 2nd-largest total ever
The drawing for the $739.6 million cash payout was Friday night.
Who won the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot?
One lucky person is taking home a $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot.
Early Saturday, lotto officials announced a person in Michigan won the prize, estimated at $1 billion or $739.6 million should the winner choose a lump-sum payment — before taxes.
The winning ticket was sold at a Kroger in Novi, a northern suburb of Detroit — about a 30-minute drive from the city — the state lottery website confirmed. The winning numbers were 4-26-42-50-60 with a Mega Ball number of 24.
The winner’s identity has not been revealed, but, per state lottery rules, they must come forward to claim their winnings.
The winner will have two options to collect the record prize, the lottery said in a statement: “The first is an escalating annuity that offers an initial payment, then annual payments for 29 years. The player also may select a one-time cash payment of about $739 million. If a player selects the cash option, they will receive about $530 million after tax withholdings.”
The Mega Millions jackpot had increased to $1 billion for Friday night’s drawing.
It is the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the third-largest in U.S. lottery history, Mega Millions lottery officials said. The $1.537 billion won by a person in South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2018 is still the world’s largest lotto prize ever awarded on a single ticket.
This is the 18th Mega Millions jackpot won in Michigan, according to a lottery press release. The last winner in the state shared the prize with a Rhode Island winner on Oct. 13, 2017. Until Friday night’s win, the largest lottery prize ever won by a Michigan player was a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won it on Aug. 15, 2012. On April 22, 2005, Port Huron couple Ralph and Mary Stebbins won $208 million playing Mega Millions — it was the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state.
Michigan is one of the original founding members of Mega Millions.
“About 97 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to vendors and retailers,” the state lottery said in a statement. “In the 2019 fiscal year, the Lottery provided more than $1 billion for Michigan’s public schools, its fifth record contribution in a row. Since it began in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $23 billion to support public education in Michigan.”
The Match 5 winners were two people in Florida, one in Maryland, one in Missouri, one in New Jersey, one in New York and two in Pennsylvania. Each will take home $1 million. Also, two people — one in North Carolina and one in Virginia — won the Match 5 + Megaplier. Each will take home $2 million.One lucky person is taking home the Mega Millions jackpot cash.
Mega Millions jackpot swells to $1 billion ahead of Friday night’s drawing
The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game grew to $1 billion.
Here are the winning numbers:
42-26-60-50-4 and the Mega Ball was 24.
The Mega Millions website says the jackpot is $1 billion, but if the winner opted for the cash option, it would be $739.6 million.
The growth is thanks to more than four months without a top prize winner, 37 number draws have failed to produce a grand prize winner.
This is only the third time a lottery jackpot has grown so large, the last time in 2018. On October 23, 2018, the Mega Millions jackpot reached $1.537 billion, and was won by a single ticket sold in South Carolina. It was the world’s largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket, according to Mega Millions.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states across the country, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A grand prize winner must match all six numbers and the gold “Mega Ball”. Numbers are drawn on Tuesday and Friday evening. The game started in 1996, with just six states participating, and was originally called the Big Game.The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $1 billion, hours before numbers will be drawn Friday night. ]]>