Someone in Michigan bought the $ 1 billion grand prize-winning ticket that was the third-largest lottery prize in US history.
The winning numbers in the Friday night draw were 4, 26, 42, 50 and 60, with a whopping ball of 24. The winning ticket was purchased at the Kruger Store in the Detroit suburb of Novi, the Michigan Lottery reported.
“Someone in Michigan woke up to life-changing news this morning, and Kruger Michigan congratulates the newest millionaire in Michigan,” said Rachel Hirst, a regional spokeswoman for the grocery chain. She refused to give more details.
The Mega Millions Grand Prix has been on the rise since September 15, when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. The next estimated lottery prize is $ 20 million.
Friday night’s drawing came just two days after a ticket was sold in Maryland that matched all six numbers drawn and won the grand prize of $ 731.1 million.
Only two U.S. sweepstakes were bigger than Friday’s jackpot. Three Powerball prize tickets sold for $ 1.586 billion in January 2016, and one winning ticket sold for $ 1.537 billion in October 2018.
Grand Prize numbers indicate amounts if the winner chooses an annual stipend, to be paid in 30 annual installments. Most winners choose a cash prize of $ 739.6 million for pre-tax Mega Millions.
In Gros Isle, a suburb of South Detroit, 126 people bought more than 600 raffle tickets but didn’t win the grand prize. They were hoping to earn enough money to replace the publicly owned bridge over their island in the Detroit River that had been closed indefinitely for major repairs. The only other transportation option for the island’s 10,000 residents is a privately owned bridge.
“We used this to lift our spirits and dream a little,” organizer Kyle de Boss said. “Of course we are open to any help with the bridge, but I cannot imagine that the winner will want to fund it.”
The odds of winning the jackpot in Mega Millions were steep, at a rate of 1 in 302.5 million.
The game is played in 45 states plus Washington, D.C. and the US Virgin Islands.