An Illinois person has won the $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the third-largest prize in US history after stores reported a 30% increase in lottery ticket sales.
Friday’s winning numbers are 67, 45, 57, 36 and 13 The Big Ball of Millions is 14, with a possible winner over odds of 1 in 303 million.
The eagerness to claim the prize, after 29 consecutive drawings, has skyrocketed to the point where vendor signs have trouble displaying the full amount.
A Manhattan deli worker told the New York Post that ticket sales at his store were up 35% from Friday’s drawing.
Stores nationwide say lottery ticket sales jumped more than 30% after the Mega Millions jackpot hit $1.28 billion on Friday, the third-highest prize in history.
The Blue Bird Liquor store in Los Angeles saw a big hit on Friday as people flocked to try and beat the odds of 1 in 303 million to win.
In Miami, people queued early in the morning outside stores to be the first to buy a lottery ticket after it surged to $1.28 billion
After 29 consecutive draws, the Mega Millions prize skyrocketed to the point where the vendor sign had trouble displaying the full amount. Pictured: a store in Manhattan hands out a bill using its lottery screen because the electronic sign cannot exceed $999 million
Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, estimates that $200,000 worth of tickets are sold every hour in his state.
“Because it’s… tourist season, we’re seeing a bunch of people coming in from out of state,” McIntyre told WMUR, noting that New Hampshire is the only New England state that doesn’t have a levy tax, McIntyre told WMUR. import.
Ohio Lottery director Pat McDonald, the head of the Mega Millions conglomerate, said he was eager to know if someone could claim a prize soon.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity Mega Millions offers retailers, players and good causes across the country,” he said in a statement.
Some good was seen as high ticket purchases raised $16.5 million in North Carolina for education, ABC 13 reported.
“When you buy that $2 ticket, about 76 cents goes toward education,” said Van Denton, communications director for the NC Education Lottery.
That money goes to every county in the state to pay for school staff, transportation and repairs, and to support North Carolina’s pre-k program and scholarship funds.
Jackpot-winning Jennifer Ho (above) showed off more than 50 lottery tickets she purchased at Lichine’s Liquors & Deli in Sacramento, California, on Friday
Lottery officials in New Hampshire estimated that $200,000 worth of tickets were sold every hour on Friday. Pictured: Pierre’s Palace curator Bruce Gideos sells Mega Millions tickets to a customer in Chesterfield
According to broadcaster John Crow, if no one hits all six numbers, the grand prize would amount to a historic $1.7 billion. That drawing session will be scheduled for Tuesday night.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot on record was $1.537 billion in October 2018, where an unnamed South Carolina player claimed the prize.
If someone comes to claim Friday’s jackpot, they’ll have the option of claiming $1.28 billion over the course of 29 years, or opting for a lump sum of $747.2 million in cash.