Mega Millions Jackpot: Mega Millions draws numbers for a $1.35 billion jackpot – the 2nd largest in history – Friday



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Friday the 13th could have ended up being someone’s lucky day.

The winning numbers for Friday’s Mega Millions lottery draw were 30-43-45-46-61 with a Mega Ball of 14. Officials said the estimated payout jackpot could be worth $1.35 billion – the second highest significant in the history of the lottery – while the potential lump sum cash payout is $724.6 million.

It will probably be hours before lottery officials announce if there is a top prize winner.

The jackpot rose to $1.1 billion after Tuesday night’s draw with no winner taking the top prize, the lottery said in a press release on Wednesday.

The estimated jackpot is surpassed only by the record lottery of $1.537 billion won in South Carolina in 2018, the lottery said.

“Now at $1.35 billion, the Mega Millions jackpot grows and goes down in history as the second biggest Mega Millions jackpot of all time,” the lottery said. “Our member lotteries raise money for many worthy causes, from education to conservation programs. We are proud to support these efforts.

The massive Mega Millions jackpot has passed the $1 billion mark after nearly three months without a winning ticket being drawn.

The last jackpot was won at $502 million on October 14, when there were two winning tickets from California and Florida, Mega Millions said. Since then, more than 33 million winning tickets have been sold, including 68 players who won $1 million or more, the lottery added.

There have been six previous jackpots won on Friday the 13th – and four of them were in Michigan, according to the release. Prizes were also won on Friday the 13th in New York, Ohio and Rhode Island.

Mona Rawal owns 7-Eleven in Fort Myers, Florida, where in October 2022, one of two winning Mega Millions tickets was sold with a jackpot of nearly half a billion dollars. The lucky ticket sale took place less than a month after the area was hit hard by Hurricane Ian.

She can’t say if her store is lucky or not, but tells CNN that one of her customers won $50,000 a few weeks ago and another won $1,000 last week. She hopes the luck will continue with the Mega Millions draw on Friday night. Lottery ticket sales have been steady this week at her store, she told CNN, and she expects many last-minute lottery customers to come to her store as Christmas approaches. 23 hours.

Jim Frye, who plays Powerball and Mega Millions every week but has never ‘won anything big’, said he played Rawal’s 7-Eleven because he heard about the winning ticket in October .

“I say you can’t win if you don’t play, that’s my motto, and I’ve been playing for a long time,” Frye told CNN. “Let’s wait and see if I win first, then I’ll decide what I’m going to do with it. It will help a lot of people, that’s for sure.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.

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