NEW YORK (WABC) — A single ticket holder in Maine will be celebrating a very happy new year after the ticket was the only one to match all six numbers drawn in Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing.
The prize is an estimated $1.35 billion ($724.6 million cash), which is the second largest jackpot in the game’s history!
The numbers drawn late Friday night were: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and gold Mega Ball 14.
The jackpot is the second largest in Mega Millions history!
The jackpot had been rolling since it was last won on October 1[ads1]4, when a prize of $502 million was shared by winning tickets in California and Florida.
This 26-draw jackpot ends with a bang, with 7,072,832 winning tickets across all nine prize levels in the January 13 draw alone, including the jackpot-winning ticket. Fourteen tickets matched all five white balls to win the game’s $1 million second-team prize. Four were sold in New York, two in California, and one each in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.
To match four white balls plus the Mega Ball, 164 tickets have a third tier win. Of these, 27 included the optional Megaplier (available in most states with an additional $1 purchase), which was 2X Friday night; they are worth $20,000 each. The remaining 137 second tier winning tickets take home the standard prize of $10,000.
The chance of winning a Mega Millions draw is slim at almost one in 303 million.
Friday night’s jackpot win is the seventh 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). 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 around.
Here’s a look at 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, 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 latest big prizes is actually due to math — and more difficult odds.
In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to Mega Millions that significantly extended 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 common, ticket revenue could build week after week, creating giant prizes that would attract attention and draw in more players who had grown blasé around $100 million or $200 million top prizes.
In August 2021, Powerball also 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 has stuck to the two weekly drawings.
Thanks to these moves, nine of the top 10 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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