$1.35bn Mega Millions jackpot won by single lottery ticketholder in US | US News
A single ticket holder has won an estimated $1.35 billion (£1.1 billion) in the US Mega Millions lottery.
After three months of drawing without a winner, the final winning numbers were announced on Friday.
They are: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and Mega Ball 14 gold.
Lottery organizers say the jackpot was won in the state of Maine and is the fourth-largest in US history.
The grand prize of $1.35 billion goes to the winner receiving an annuity with annual payments for 29 years.
Winners almost always choose the cash option – which for Friday night’s drawing was estimated at $724.6m (£593.4m).
The next big prize will be worth $20 million (£16.3 million) and the cash option will be $10.7 million (£8.7 million), indicating a prize winner already exists. prize money estimated at $1.35 billion.
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There have been 25 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner, but that streak ended with someone beating the odds of 1/302.6 million to win the top prize.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands and first started in 1996 as the Big Game.