NEW YORK (WABC) — A single ticket holder in Maine will be celebrating a very happy New Year after that ticket is the only one to match all six numbers drawn in Friday night’s Mega Millions draw.
The prize pool is estimated at $1.35 billion ($724.6 million in cash), which is the second-biggest prize pool in gaming history!
The numbers drawn on Friday night were: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and Mega Ball gold 14.
The jackpot is the second largest in Mega Millions history!
The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won on October 14, when a $502 million prize pool was split between winning tickets in California and Florida.
This series of 26 jackpot draws ends with a bang, with 7,072,832 winning tickets across all nine prize tiers in the January 13th draw alone, including the jackpot winning ticket. Fourteen tickets matched all five white balls to win the game’s second tier prize of $1 million. Four were sold in New York, two in California and one in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.
To combine four white balls plus the Mega Ball, 164 tickets have a third-tier win. Of those, 27 included the optional Megaplier (available in most states with an extra $1 purchase), which was 2X on Friday night; they are worth $20,000 each. The remaining 137 second-row winning tickets take home the standard prize of $10,000.
The odds of winning a Mega Millions draw are slim, one in almost 303 million.
Friday night’s jackpot win is the seventh on a Friday the 13th since the game began in 2002, and the first on a day since October 2017.
Michigan was especially lucky with the Mega Millions jackpots on Friday the 13th, winning four of them (June 2008, May 2011, June 2014 and October 2017). That 2017 jackpot was shared with a winner in Rhode Island. Further jackpots on Friday the 13th were won in New York (March 2009) and Ohio (November 2015). None of them, however, came close to the estimated size of the $1.35 billion won this time around.
Here’s a look at the top 10 biggest US jackpots that were won and the states where 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, Oct 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)
4. $1.35 billion, Mega Millions, January 13, 2023 (one Maine ticket)
5. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)
6. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)
7. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)
8. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
9. $731.1 million, Powerball, Jan 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
10. $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)
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The credit for the recent big wins actually goes to math – and tougher odds.
In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to Mega Millions that significantly increased the odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million. They made similar changes in Powerball in October 2015, downgrading 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 increase week after week, creating giant prize pools that would grab attention and attract more players who had grown blasé about the top prizes of $100 million or $100 million. 200 millions.
In August 2021 Powerball also added a third weekly draw which allowed the jackpot to accumulate and grow even faster as people were more likely to play and lose. Mega Millions has retained the two weekly draws.
Thanks to these moves, nine of the top 10 lottery jackpots 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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