NEW YORK (WABC) — A ticket holder in Maine will be celebrating a very happy new year after this ticket was the only one to match all six numbers drawn in Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing.
The prize is approximately $1.35 billion ($724.6 million in cash), which is the second largest jackpot in the history of the game!
The numbers drawn late Friday night were: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and Gold Mega Ball 14.
Even if you’re not the only winning ticket holder, don’t throw away your tickets just yet. Tickets worth $1 million were sold at Mega News Inc in Manhattan and Momta Grocery Inc in Long Island City.
The jackpot has been spinning since it was last won on Oct. 14, when a $502 million prize was split by winning tickets in California and Florida.
This streak of 26 jackpot drawings ended with a bang, with 7,072,832 winning tickets across all nine prize levels in the January 13 drawing alone, including the jackpot winning ticket. Fourteen tickets matched all five white balls to win the game’s second tier prize of $1 million. Four were sold in New York, two in California and one each in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.
For matching four white balls plus the Mega Ball, 164 tickets have a third level win. Of those, 27 included the optional Megaplier (available in most states with an additional $1 purchase), which was 2 times Friday night; they cost $20,000 each. The remaining 137 second-tier winning tickets collect the standard prize of $10,000.
The odds of winning a Mega Millions drawing are slim – nearly one in 303 million.
The Friday night jackpot win is the seventh on a Friday the 13th since the game began in 2002 and the first on such a day since October 2017.
Michigan has been particularly lucky with Friday the 13th Mega Millions jackpots, winning four of them (June 2008, May 2011, June 2014 and October 2017). This 2017 jackpot was shared with a winner in Rhode Island. Other Friday the 13th jackpots were won in New York (March 2009) and Ohio (November 2015). However, none of them came close in size to the estimated $1.35 billion earned this time around.
Here’s a look at the 10 largest US jackpots won and the states where the winning tickets were sold:
1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, November 8, 2022 (one ticket, from California)
2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, January 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, October 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)
4. $1.35 billion, Mega Millions, January 13, 2023 (one ticket from Maine)
5. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)
6. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, January 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)
7. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)
8. $758.7 million, Powerball, August 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
9. $731.1 million, Powerball, January 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
10. $699.8 million, Powerball, October 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)
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The credit for the recent big prizes is actually due to the math – and the more difficult odds.
In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to Mega Millions that significantly stretched the odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million. They made similar changes to the Powerball in October 2015, worsening the odds from one in 175.2 million to one in 292.2 million.
The idea was that by making jackpots less frequent, ticket revenue could increase week after week, creating giant prizes that would attract attention and attract more players who grew up glamourous around the $100 million or $200 million top prizes .
In August 2021, Powerball added a third weekly drawing, which allowed the jackpot to roll over and grow even faster as people had more chances to play and lose. Mega Millions remained with the two weekly drawings.
Thanks to these moves, nine of the top 10 biggest lottery prizes have been won since 2017.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as in Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Powerball drawings also air here on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m.
Mega millions drawings air Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m
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Revenue is distributed among local school districts using the same statutory formula used to distribute other state education aid. According to the New York Lottery, the formula takes into account both the size of the school district and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionally larger shares of school lottery funding.
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