Mega Millions Jackpot - Winning Ticket for $1.35 Billion Was Sold on Friday 13th in Maine

The Mega Millions prize has finally been claimed, and on a Friday the 13th no less.

The Mega Millions prize has finally been claimed, and on a Friday the 13th no less.

The estimated $1.35 billion jackpot was won by a fortunate ticket purchased in Maine that coincided with the winning numbers on Friday night.

The sum won on Friday is the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the fourth-largest overall in American lottery history. According to Mega Millions, this is also the first time a Mega Millions jackpot has ever been won in Maine.

The jackpot for Mega Millions has increased steadily in recent months after 25 straight games went without a jackpot winner.

The odds of Friday's winner winning the Mega Millions jackpot, which are currently estimated to be 1 in 302.6 million, were incredibly tiny.

Why have lottery payouts increased so much? On Friday, a new record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot will be awarded. Here is why.

How much do you win on the Mega Millions after taxes? The $1.35 billion jackpot substantially declines.

The winner would need to take the money in an annuity with monthly payments spread out over 29 years in order to receive the whole $1.35 billion. The less expensive but faster cash option, which was predicted to be worth $724.6 million for Friday night's drawing, is preferred by the majority of jackpot winners.

The fact that the Mega Millions jackpot was won on Friday the 13th for the eighth time may interest superstitious lottery players.

Winning Mega Millions numbers: Friday, 1/13/23

The winning numbers for the drawing on Friday night were 30, 43, 45, 46, 61, with Mega Ball being 14, and Megaplier being 2x.

Who won yesterday night's Mega Millions? Where did you buy the ticket?

The estimated $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot was won on a fortunate ticket purchased in Maine, according to Mega Millions.

The name of the winner is not yet known. According to Michael Boardman, deputy director of the Maine State Lottery, if the winner decides to come forward, Tuesday would be the earliest date at which they may do so. The following day, Tuesday, is when the state lottery office will be open.

Boardman added that the state lottery encourages the winner to seek financial guidance but that the individual might prefer to remain unknown.

When I win the lotto, what should I do? Here's why experts advise keeping your winning ticket a secret while seeking dependable financial counsel.

According to the Maine State Lottery, the ticket was purchased at Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, Maine. According to Boardman, the retailer will get a bonus of $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

More than 7 million winning tickets were sold for the lottery's various reward categories in addition to the jackpot winner. According to Mega Millions, 14 tickets nationwide successfully matched all five white balls to win $1 million apiece.

Two of the winning Match-5 tickets were purchased in California, and four were purchased in New York. The remaining individuals came from Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and Missouri.

On Friday the 13th, a $1.35 billion jackpot was won

The fact that the projected $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot was won on Friday the 13th may appeal to certain superstitious lottery players.

According to the lottery game, Friday's win is the seventh Mega Millions jackpot to be won on a Friday the 13th over the years.

Additionally, three tickets divided the then-largest lottery payout in American history seven years ago on Friday. Three winners collected the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot on January 13, 2016, which was a Wednesday rather than a Friday.

How likely are you to win Mega Millions?

Many players are drawn to games with large jackpots, but it's crucial to remember that the chances of winning the Mega Millions top prize are incredibly tiny. Experts emphasize that lottery participants shouldn't purchase more tickets than they can afford.

"Consider writing the letters to "Mega Millions" on separate pieces of paper, mixing them up, and then letting your cat choose letters at random. Five times as likely as you are to win the Mega Millions is your cat spelling it right "This past week, USA TODAY was told by Matthew Kovach, an assistant professor of economics at Virginia Tech.

What are the odds that I'll win the lottery? What you should know is as follows.

Kovach continued by saying that you have a higher chance of experiencing two lightning strikes in your lifetime than of winning the lottery.

  • The odds of winning the jackpot are 302,575,350 to 1.
  • The odds to match all five white balls are 12,607,306 to 1.

Largest lottery prizes in US history

  1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022: Won in California.
  2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee.
  3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina.
  4. $1.35 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 13: Won in Maine 
  5. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Won in Illinois.
  6. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan.
  7. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin.
  8. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts.
  9. $730 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland.
  10. $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Jennifer Sangalang, Florida Today.

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