A winning ticket for the $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot played in Maine
Maine won its first Mega Millions jackpot — and on Friday the 13th, someone lost — a ticket purchased in the state matched the winning numbers for the lottery’s $1.35 billion top prize.
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The lucky combination of numbers drawn Friday night was 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and or Mega Ball 14. The winning ticket was sold at Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, Maine, according to the Maine State Lottery. The southern Maine town of more than 6,500 residents borders New Hampshire.
“There’s a lot of noise at our small-town gas station this morning, I’ll tell you,” owner Fred Cotreau said. The first thing he did was to check if he bought the winning ticket, but he didn’t.
“Hopefully one of the residents and one of the regulars will be the winner,” Coutreau said. “It’s exciting to sell it, but it’s more exciting for one winner, and I hope it’s someone in town.”
The yet-to-be-named winner beat odds of 1 in 302.6 million, leading to three months of drawing without claiming the jackpot.
“Congratulations to the Maine Lottery on winning its first Mega Millions jackpot,” Pat MacDonald, Ohio Lottery manager and senior manager of the Mega Millions Consortium, said in a statement Saturday.
The jackpot is the second largest in Mega Millions history and the fourth time the game has won $1 billion. The largest Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018 was $1.53 billion claimed by a single ticket holder in South Carolina.
Friday’s lucky draw marked the seventh straight jackpot winner on Friday the 13th, a superstitiously unlucky day.
To claim the full $1.35 billion, the winner would have to receive the money in an annuity with annual payments over 29 years. Most jackpot winners wanted the smaller but faster cash option, which was valued at $724.6 million in Friday’s drawing.
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Tuesday’s next jackpot will be around $20 million, and the cash version will drop to $10.7 million.
As of Friday evening, there have been 25 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.
On Friday, there were more than 7 million raffle tickets across nine prize levels. In addition to the Maine jackpot, 14 tickets matched five cue 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, according to Mega Millions.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states, plus Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands.
AP reporter Lisa Rathke contributed in Marshfield, Vermont.
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