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1 winner of Mega Millions $1B prize; 3rd largest ever in US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One winning ticket was sold in Michigan for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, making it the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

The winning numbers drawn Friday are: 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 and a Mega Ball of 24.

The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since Sept. 15, when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. The lottery’s next estimated jackpot is $20 million.

Friday night’s drawing comes two days after a ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers drawn and won a $731.1 million Powerball jackpot.

Only two lottery prizes in the U.S. have been larger than Friday’s jackpot. Three tickets for a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were sold in January 2016, and one winning ticket sold for a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018.

The jackpot figures refer to amounts if a winner opts for an annuity, paid in 30 annual installments. Most winners choose a cash prize, which for the Mega Millions jackpot is $739.6 million.

The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are incredibly steep at one in 302.5 million.

The game is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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One winning ticket has been sold in the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

SC Lottery officials talk about Mega Millions, Powerball ahead of drawings

Posted: Jan 11, 2021 / 06:23 PM EST / Updated: Jan 11, 2021 / 06:23 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Mega Millions and Powerball totals are steadily increasing and getting closer to a historic rate.

“The powerball and the mega millions jackpot when they’re added together this week, they total more than one billion dollars,” said Holli Armstrong, Communications Coordinator with the South Carolina Lottery.

The Mega Millions total has been adjusted to $615 million while the Powerball total is now $550 million.

This would mark the second time that both jackpots combined have equaled out to be greater than $1 billion.

The last time this happened was in October 2018, when the winning ticket was actually purchased in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Armstrong explained how the adjustments are figured out for each drawing.

“This is an indicator that sales nationally are strong because the jackpot is based on sales, so when you see an adjustment that just means that a lot of people are playing and are interested in taking a chance on the jackpot,” she said.

Although no one has won the jackpot yet, more than 70,000 people in South Carolina experienced some sort of winnings during last weekend’s drawing.

Armstrong gave some examples of what people did with their jackpot winnings.

“Most winners here in South Carolina, they want to do what anyone else would want to do. They want to give to their family, some want to give to their church. They want to help others,” said Armstrong.

I also decided to take it a step further and reach out to people via Facebook to see what they would do if they were to win the jackpot.

Some of those answers can be seen below:

Before you head to your local gas station and convenience store to buy a ticket and participate in the drawing, Armstrong had one last thing to tell potential players.

“The odds of winning are long. For Powerball, you’re looking at around one and 293 million, for Mega Millions, one and 303 million, so we encourage everyone to play smart…play in moderation, and please play responsibly.”

Holli Armstrong, SC Lottery

The drawing for the Mega Millions will take place on Tuesday, January 12 at 11:00 pm while the drawing for the Powerball will happen on Wednesday, January 13 at 10:59 pm.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Mega Millions and Powerball totals are steadily increasing and getting closer to a historic rate. “The powerball and the mega millions jackpot when they’re added together this week, they total more than one billion dollars,” said Holli Armstrong, Communications Coordinator with the South Carolina Lottery. The Mega Millions total has […] ]]>