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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 results for 01/22/21; $1 billion winner sold in Michigan

(Courtesy Michigan Lottery)

LANSING, MI – The third largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was won Friday night by a player in Michigan who was the sole player to win the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot. The drawing held on Friday, Jan. 22 was also the second largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won, beaten only previously by a $1.5 billion jackpot won in 2018.

The winning ticket was sold at the Kroger at Grand River and Beck Rd. in Novi as seen in the video below.

With the jackpot win, that means the drawing on Tuesday, Jan. 26 will be worth $20 million with a cash option of $14.7 million.

The Mega Millions numbers for Jan. 22: 4-26-42-50-60

The Gold Mega Ball: 24

The Megaplier: 2

Mega Millions winners for Jan. 22:

· Along with the grand prize winner, 10 tickets sold matched all five white numbers drawn to win $1 million. Those tickets were sold in Florida, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Two of those winners were sold in Florida and New York.

· The players in North Carolina and Virginia also played the Megaplier option, which increased their winnings to $2 million.

· There were 3,300,077 tickets sold that won at least $4 in the drawing. In Michigan, 116,846 tickets sold won at least $4 in the drawing.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. Five balls are drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 70; the Mega ball is drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 25. The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 302 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each.

In other Michigan Lottery news:

· The next Powerball drawing is Saturday, Jan. 23 with an estimated jackpot of $20 million and a cash option of $15 million.

· The next Lotto 47 drawing is Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:29 p.m. with a jackpot of $1.15 million. Deadline is 7:08 p.m. that day.

· Saturday’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is an estimated $136,000. The drawing is at 7:29 p.m. Deadline is 7:08 p.m.

For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.

The last player from Michigan to win a Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot was Cristy Davis of Waterford who won $70 million playing Powerball in February. With her winnings, Davis said she planned to buy a new house and car.

And while she was a lucky winner, it’s smart for players to check their tickets immediately as a winner worth $1 million sold in Hartland in 2019 went unclaimed. The ticket was purchased at the Speedway in Hartland, but the winner never came forward to claim the prize. The money instead went to the state’s School Aid Fund.

If you’d like to be the next player from Michigan to win a huge lottery prize, take a look at these tips from lottery expert Richard Lustig. The author of “Learn How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning The Lottery” has won more than $1 million in Florida by winning top jackpot prizes in smaller games.

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