One lucky lotto player made history on Friday night, winning the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever recorded!
“A Michigan Lottery player has won the third-largest lottery prize in history, the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot.” according to a Saturday morning press release from Mega MIllions.
The winning Mega Millions numbers were: 4 – 26 – 42 – 50 – 60 & Megaball 24.
“The winner will have two options to collect the record prize. The first is an escalating annuity that offers an initial payment, then annual payments for 29 years. The player also may select a one-time cash payment of about $739 million. If a player selects the cash option, they will receive about $530 million, after tax withholdings.” the news release said.
Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot is the third-largest lottery jackpot ever won in the United States. The national and world record for a lottery jackpot is Powerball’s $1.586 billion, won on 13th January 2016 and split between three winning tickets (California, Florida, and Tennessee). The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever recorded was valued at $1.537 billion and was won in South Carolina on 23rd October 2018. To this day it remains the largest lotto prize ever awarded to a single ticketholder.
10 tickets matched the five white balls to win the game’s second prize of $1M, sold in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and two tickets in both New York and Florida.
The jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday 26th January is $20 million ($14.7 million cash).