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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 Powerball winners pick up $49 million check

(Fort Mill-AP) May 29, 2003 – A Charlotte, North Carolina, man on Thursday accepted a check for nearly $49 million for winning the Powerball in South Carolina earlier in May.

Anthony “Danny” Wilson arrived at the Red Rocket Fireworks store in Fort Mill in a stretch limo to collect his winnings. He and his wife Monica are the first Powerball lottery winner in South Carolina since the state joined the game in October. The numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were 13-18-34-35-51 and the Powerball was 28.

The Powerball jackpot was worth nearly $89 million if paid out over 30 years. The Wilsons decided to take a lump sum payment, worth $48,779,820.18.

The federal government will get $13 million. The state of South Carolina will get nearly $3.5 million. North Carolina will get an undetermined share next income tax season.

Monica works for Wells Fargo in Fort Mill and Anthony is a calibrations technician in Columbia. They have two children, 16 and 12.

Red Rocket on US Highway 21 is routinely the state’s top lottery outlet. The will get a $50,000 bonus. Fort Mill sits just south of Charlotte, North Carolina, and has the state’s top five lottery outlets.

A Charlotte, North Carolina, man on Thursday accepted a check for nearly $49 million for winning the Powerball in South Carolina earlier in May. Anthony "Danny" Wilson arrived at the Red Rocket Fireworks store in Fort Mill in a stretch limo to collect his winnings. ]]>