Maine scored its first Mega Thousands and thousands jackpot — and somebody beat the ailing fortune of Friday the thirteenth — when a ticket bought within the state matched the profitable numbers for the lottery’s estimated $1.35 billion grand prize.
The ticket sold in Maine matched all six numbers in Friday night time’s drawing. The profitable numbers had been 61, 30, 45, 46, and 43, with a Megaball of 14.
The profitable ticket was offered at Hometown Gasoline & Grill in Lebanon Maine, a lottery official informed NBC Information. The shop will obtain a $50,000 bonus for promoting the ticket.
There have been additionally 14 $1 million ticket winners. Four of these profitable tickets had been offered in New York — at retailers in Manhattan, Lengthy Island Metropolis, Newburgh and Plainview. The ten different second-tier tickets had been offered in California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The fortunate winner, whose title will not be but identified, overcame steep odds of 1 in 302.6 million, which led to a few months of drawings with no declare on the jackpot.
“Congratulations to the Maine State Lottery, which has simply received its first-ever Mega Thousands and thousands jackpot,” Pat McDonald, Ohio lottery director and lead director of the Mega Thousands and thousands Consortium, stated in a press release early Saturday.
The jackpot was the second largest in Mega Thousands and thousands historical past and the fourth time the sport has had a billion-dollar win. The most important Mega Thousands and thousands jackpot in October 2018 was $1.53 billion claimed by a single ticket holder in South Carolina.
Friday’s affluent drawing additionally marked the seventh time there was a grand prize winner on Friday the thirteenth, a date superstitiously thought-about unfortunate.
To assert the complete $1.35 billion, the winner would wish to take the cash in an annuity with annual funds over 29 years. Most jackpot recipients favor the lowered however faster money choice, which for Friday night time’s drawing was an estimated $724.6 million.
The Mega Millions site says the subsequent grand prize can be for $20 million and the money choice can be $10.7 million, indicating there was a winner of the estimated $1.35 billion prize.
Till Friday night time, there had been 25 straight drawings with no jackpot winner.
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Mega Thousands and thousands is performed in 45 states in addition to in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.