$1.35 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot Won by Single US Lottery Ticket Holder | American News

A single ticket holder has won around $1.35bn (£1.1bn) in the US Mega Millions lottery.

After three months of draws that failed to produce a winner, the winning numbers were finally announced on Friday.

They were: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and Gold Mega Ball 14.

The jackpot was won in the state of Maine and is the fourth largest in US history, lottery organizers said.

The $1.35 billion grand prize is for a winner who takes an annuity with annual payments over 29 years.

Winners almost always choose the cash option – which for Friday night’s draw was estimated at $724.6m (£593.4m).

The next grand prize will be $20m (£16.3m) and the cash option will be $10.7m (£8.7m), indicating there was a winner of the estimated $1.35 billion prize.

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There had been 25 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner, but that streak ended with someone beating the odds by one in 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 started in 1996 as Big Game.

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