Maine has hit its first Mega Millions jackpot — and someone won with bad luck Friday the 13th — when a ticket purchased by the state matches the winning numbers for the lottery’s estimated $1.35 billion grand prize.
The luck combination of numbers Drawn late Friday night were: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and gold Mega Ball 14. The winning ticket was sold at Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, Maine, according to the Maine State Lottery.
The winner, whose name is still unknown, overcame extreme odds of 1 in 302.6 million, leading to three months of drawings without claiming the jackpot.
“Congratulations to the Maine State Lottery, which recently won the first-ever Mega Millions jackpot,” Pat McDonald, Ohio lottery director and lead director of the Mega Millions Consortium, said in a statement early Saturday.
The jackpot is the second largest in Mega Millions history and the fourth time the game has had a billion dollar jackpot. The largest Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018 was $1.53 billion claimed by a South Carolina ticket holder.
Friday’s successful drawing also marks the seventh time there has been a grand prize winner on Friday the 13th, a date superstitiously considered unlucky.
To claim the full $1.35 billion, the winner must take the money an annuity with annual payments for 29 years. Most jackpot recipients prefer the reduced but faster cash option, which for Friday night’s drawing is estimated at $724.6 million.
The next grand prize drawing on Tuesday will be down to an estimated $20 million and a cash option of $10.7 million.
As of Friday night, there were 25 straight drawings without a jackpot winner.
There were more than 7 million winning tickets in nine prize levels on Friday. Beyond Maine’s jackpot, 14 tickets matched five white balls to claim the second-tier prize of $1 million. Four were sold in New York, two in California and one each in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas, Mega Millions said.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands.
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