Person in Michigan wins Mega Millions’ $1 billion jackpot, 2nd-largest total ever
The drawing for the $739.6 million cash payout was Friday night.
Mystery lottery winner puts Novi, Michigan, on the map
One lucky person is taking home a $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot.
Early Saturday, lotto officials announced a person in Michigan won the prize, estimated at $1 billion or $739.6 million should the winner choose a lump-sum payment — before taxes.
The winning ticket was sold at a Kroger in Novi, a northern suburb of Detroit — about a 30-minute drive from the city — the state lottery website confirmed. The winning numbers were 4-26-42-50-60 with a Mega Ball number of 24.
The winner’s identity has not been revealed, but, per state lottery rules, they must come forward to claim their winnings.
The winner will have two options to collect the record prize, the lottery said in a statement: “The first is an escalating annuity that offers an initial payment, then annual payments for 29 years. The player also may select a one-time cash payment of about $739 million. If a player selects the cash option, they will receive about $530 million after tax withholdings.”
The Mega Millions jackpot had increased to $1 billion for Friday night’s drawing.
It is the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the third-largest in U.S. lottery history, Mega Millions lottery officials said. The $1.537 billion won by a person in South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2018 is still the world’s largest lotto prize ever awarded on a single ticket.
This is the 18th Mega Millions jackpot won in Michigan, according to a lottery press release. The last winner in the state shared the prize with a Rhode Island winner on Oct. 13, 2017. Until Friday night’s win, the largest lottery prize ever won by a Michigan player was a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won it on Aug. 15, 2012. On April 22, 2005, Port Huron couple Ralph and Mary Stebbins won $208 million playing Mega Millions — it was the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state.
Michigan is one of the original founding members of Mega Millions.
“About 97 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to vendors and retailers,” the state lottery said in a statement. “In the 2019 fiscal year, the Lottery provided more than $1 billion for Michigan’s public schools, its fifth record contribution in a row. Since it began in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $23 billion to support public education in Michigan.”
The Match 5 winners were two people in Florida, one in Maryland, one in Missouri, one in New Jersey, one in New York and two in Pennsylvania. Each will take home $1 million. Also, two people — one in North Carolina and one in Virginia — won the Match 5 + Megaplier. Each will take home $2 million.One lucky person is taking home the Mega Millions jackpot cash.
Mega Millions numbers for Aug. 22; one winner of $180 million jackpot
One ticket matched the winning Mega Millions numbers on Aug. 22, 2014, winning a jackpot of $180 million.
The Mega Millions winning numbers for Aug. 22: 05-31-34-41-74
The Gold Mega Ball: 03
The Megaplier: 5
The winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Calimesa, Calif. It marks California’s second jackpot winner this year, following a $30 million prize won in Los Angeles on April 4, according to a Mega Millions release.
In the meantime, tonight’s Powerball jackpot is $70 million. (It is the fourth drawing since a ticket holder from Colorado won $90 million on Aug. 9.)
According to the Mega Millions official website, one ticket in the multi-state lottery game matched 5 numbers, winning $1 million. That ticket was purchased in Pennsylvania.
There were no Megaplier winners who matched 5 numbers, which would have paid off $5 million.
In Michigan, three players matched 4 White Balls, plus the Gold Ball, and won $5,000 each. Also:
• More than 42,000 Michigan players won at least $2.
• And more than 79,000 players won $1 each.
Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. Five balls are drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 75; the Mega ball is drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 15. The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 259 million.
The next Mega Millions drawing is Aug. 26. The jackpot has been reset to $15 million.
Mega Millions is played in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $1 each.
In other Michigan lottery news:
• Tonight’s Lotto 47 jackpot is $3.55 million. The drawing is 7:29 p.m. (Aug. 23). Deadline 7:08 p.m.
• Tonight’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is $202,000. The drawing is also 7:29 p.m. Deadline 7:08 p.m.
• Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is $70 million (Aug. 23). The drawing is at 10:59 p.m. Deadline 9:45 p.m. (in Michigan).
For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out MLive.com’s lottery page for Daily 3, Daily 4, Poker Lotto, Keno, Mega Millions, Powerball winning numbers and more.
The official Michigan Lottery site offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.
John Gonzalez is a statewide entertainment writer for MLive.com. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.
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