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Maine hits 1st Mega Millions jackpot with $1.35B top prize

Maine hit its first Mega Millions jackpot — and someone beat the bad luck on Friday the 13th — when a ticket purchased in the state matched the winning numbers for the lottery’s estimated $1.35 billion top prize.

The lucky combination of numbers drawn late Friday night were: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and gold Mega Ball 14. The winning ticket was sold at Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, Maine, according to the Maine State Lottery.

The winner, whose name has not yet been released, overcame steep odds of 1 in 302.6 million, leading to three months of draws without claiming the jackpot.

“Congratulations to the Maine State Lottery, which just won its first ever Mega Millions jackpot,”[ads1]; Pat McDonald, Ohio Lottery director and executive director of the Mega Millions Consortium, said in a statement early Saturday.

The jackpot was the second largest in Mega Millions history and the fourth time the game has won a billion dollar prize. The largest Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018 was $1.53 billion claimed by a single ticket holder in South Carolina.

Friday’s prosperous draw also marked the seventh time there was a Friday the 13th jackpot winner, a date superstitiously considered unlucky.

To claim the full $1.35 billion, the winner must take the money in an annuity with annual payments over 29 years. Most jackpot winners prefer the reduced but faster cash option, which for Friday night’s drawing was estimated at $724.6 million.

The next grand prize drawing on Tuesday will drop to an estimated $20 million and a cash option of $10.7 million.

Until Friday night, there had been 25 straight draws without a jackpot winner.

There were more than 7 million winning tickets distributed across nine prize levels on Friday. Beyond Maine’s jackpot, 14 tickets matched five white balls to claim the $1 million runner-up prize. Four were sold in New York, two in California and one each in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas, Mega Millions said.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.

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