NEW YORK (WABC) — A single ticket holder in Maine will celebrate a very happy New Year after that ticket is the only one to match all six numbers drawn in Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing.
The prize is estimated to be $1.35 billion ($724.6 million cash), the second largest jackpot in the history of the game!
The numbers drawn late Friday night were: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and golden Mega Ball 14.
Even if you weren’t the one winning ticket holder, don’t throw your tickets away just yet. Tickets worth $1 million were sold at Mega News Inc in Manhattan and Momta Grocery Inc in Long Island City.
The jackpot had been rolling since it was last won on October 14, when a $502 million prize was shared by winning lottery tickets in California and Florida.
This 26-draw jackpot run ends with a bang, with 7,072,832 winning tickets across all nine prize tiers in the January 13th draw alone, including the jackpot winning ticket. Fourteen tickets matched all five cues to win the game’s second prize of $1 million. Four were sold in New York, two in California and one 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 2x on Friday night; they are worth $20,000 each. The remaining 137 second-tier winning tickets will take home the $10,000 standard prize.
The odds of winning a Mega Millions draw are slim at one in nearly 303 million.
The Friday night jackpot win is the seventh on a Friday the 13th since play began in 2002, and the first on such a day since October 2017.
Michigan got particularly lucky with the Friday the 13th Mega Millions jackpots, winning four of them (June 2008, May 2011, June 2014, and October 2017). That 2017 jackpot was shared with a winner in Rhode Island. Other Friday the 13th jackpots have been won in New York (March 2009) and Ohio (November 2015). However, none of them came close to the estimated $1.35 billion won this time.
Here’s a rundown of the 10 biggest 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, Aug 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 majors is actually due to math – and harder odds.
In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to Mega Millions that significantly increased the odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million. They made similar changes to 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 common, ticket revenue could increase week after week, creating gigantic prizes that would turn heads and attract more players who had gone blasé with about $100 million or $200 million main prizes.
In August 2021, Powerball also added a third weekly draw, allowing the jackpot to roll over and grow even faster as people had more chances to play and lose. Mega Millions sticks to two weekly draws.
Thanks to those moves, nine of the top 10 biggest lottery prizes have been won since 2017.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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