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$1 billion Mega Millions jackpot has a winner

Lotto ticket sold in Michigan wins Mega Millions’ $1B jackpot

There’s winning and then there’s winning big. A lucky Michigan lottery player won big Friday night — $1 billion big.

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot was one the most valuable lottery jackpots ever, according to organizers.

One ticket matched all six numbers — 4, 26, 42, 50, 60, and 24 —necessary to win the estimated $1 billion prize, according to Mega Millions. The yet-to-be-identified winner can choose between long-term payments or a $739.6 million lump-sum payout before taxes.

The odds of winning were 1 in 302,575,350.

It’s the third-largest lotto jackpot since 2016. The record Powerball jackpot of $1.586 billion went to three people from Tennessee, Florida and California who each had the winning numbers in 2016. The largest single jackpot winner hit the Mega Millions numbers for $1.537 billion in late 2018.

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The Mega Millions jackpot has been climbing in value since September, when it was reset to $20 million after a $120 million win. This was the longest stretch with no winner in the history of the game, Mega Millions officials said in a statement.

The jackpot’s gains have been slow partly because fewer people have been playing during the pandemic. Mega Millions is available in 45 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

On Wednesday, a single ticket sold at a convenience store in Lonaconing, Maryland, hit all six numbers in the Powerball jackpot. That win is worth $716.3 paid over 30 years or a cash prize of $546.8 million.

Dennis Romero writes for NBC News and is based in Los Angeles.

Friday night's $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot has a winner, organizers indicated. It's the third-largest Mega Millions jackpot yet.

3 big lottery winners revealed in South Florida

Winners from Miami, Miami Gardens and Miramar

David Selig, Digital Executive Producer

While we wait to find out who is going to land the $1 billion Mega Million jackpot, three South Floridians have proven to be lucky in their own right.

Stephanie Wright, 52, of Miami Gardens, scored a $1 million top prize from the Bonus Triple Match scratch-off game, Florida Lottery officials announced Thursday.

She decided to take her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $875,000.

That winning $5 ticket was sold at the BP gas station at 13075 NW 27th Avenue in Miami, which gets a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winner.

Lottery officials also revealed that Marie Michel, 66, of Miramar, hit a $1 million top prize on the Fastest Road to $1,000,000 scratch-off.

That $30 ticket allowed her to claim a one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000.

It was bought at the Publix at 7805 SW 40th Street in Miami. That store also gets a $2,000 bonus commission.

Finally, Michael Gomez, 52, of Miami, took home the $950,000 jackpot from the Jackpot Triple Play drawing held on Jan. 8.

He too chose the lump sum payment in the amount of $800,693.44.

His ticket in the $1 game came from the Publix Liquor Store at 9420 SW 56th Street in Miami, which gets the same $2,000 commission.

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