Ticket sold in Michigan wins $1-billion Mega Millions jackpot
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 is $739.6 million for the Mega Millions jackpot.
The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are incredibly steep, at 1 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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