The winning ticket for the third largest lottery prize in U.S history —the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot was sold in Michigan.
In the past there have been two larger Jackpots than Friday’s jackpot. In January 2016, three winning tickets for a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were sold. In October 2018, one winning ticket for a $1.57 billion Mega Millions jackpot was sold.
The winning odds for a Mega Millions jackpot are very high — one in 302.5 million. So, it is much easier to read or write about winning the jackpot instead of actually winning it.
The jackpot is popular in the U.S. and people from 45 states across the nation play the game. It is also played in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
This Friday’s draw winning numbers are: 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 and a Mega Ball of 24.
According to the Michigan Lottery website, the winning ticket was purchased by someone at a Kroger store in Novi, Michigan. Novi is a city that is situated approximately eight miles northwest of Detroit.
The Mega Millions jackpot top prize had been growing from over four months or approximately seventeen weeks. The last winning ticket was sold on September 15, in Wisconsin. The next jackpot of this lottery will be approximately $20 million.
Two days earlier, a ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers drawn to win a $731.1 million Powerball jackpot.
Both the Mega Millions Jackpot and the Powerball jackpot are extremely popular in the U.S.
The jackpot figures refer to the amount paid in total if the winner opts for an annuity, paid in 30 installments. Most winners choose a cash prize which decreases the amount paid out. The Mega Million cash prize is $739.6 million.