Miami Herald (Sunday)

$1.05 bil­lion lot­tery win­ner pur­chased in Michi­gan

- BY ED WHITE Associated Press Gambling · Lottery · Michigan · Detroit · United States of America · Kroger · Novi · Wisconsin · Maryland · Powerball · Washington · United States Virgin Islands · British Virgin Islands · Hurst, IL

DETROIT

Some­one in Michi­gan bought the win­ning ticket for the $1.05 bil­lion Mega Mil­lions jack­pot, which was the third-largest lot­tery prize in U.S. his­tory.

The win­ning numbers for Fri­day night’s draw­ing were 4, 26, 42, 50 and 60, with a Mega Ball of 24. The win­ning ticket was pur­chased at a Kroger store in the Detroit suburb of Novi, the Michi­gan Lot­tery said.

“Some­one in Michi­gan woke up to life-chang­ing news this morn­ing, and Kroger Michi­gan con­grat­u­lates the new­est Michi­gan mul­ti­mil­lion­aire,” said Rachel Hurst, a re­gional spokes­woman for the gro­cery chain. She de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

The Mega Mil­lions top prize had been grow­ing since Sept. 15, when a win­ning ticket was sold in Wis­con­sin. The lot­tery’s next es­ti­mated jack­pot is $20 mil­lion.

Fri­day night’s draw­ing came just two days af­ter a ticket sold in Mary­land matched all six numbers drawn and won a $731.1 mil­lion Power­ball jack­pot.

The jack­pot fig­ures re­fer to amounts if a win­ner opts for an an­nu­ity, paid in 30 an­nual in­stall­ments. Most win­ners choose a cash prize, which for the Mega Mil­lions game would be $776.6 mil­lion be­fore taxes.

Only two lot­tery prizes in the U.S. have been larger than Fri­day’s jack­pot. Three tick­ets for a $1.586 bil­lion Power­ball jack­pot were sold in Jan­uary 2016, and one win­ning ticket sold for a $1.537 bil­lion Mega Mil­lions jack­pot in Oc­to­ber 2018.

In Grosse Ile, a suburb south of Detroit, 126 peo­ple bought more than 600 tick­ets for the Fri­day draw­ing but didn’t win the jack­pot. They hoped to win enough money to re­place a pub­licly owned bridge on their is­land in the Detroit River that has been closed in­def­i­nitely for ma­jor re­pairs. The only other trans­porta­tion op­tion for the is­land’s 10,000 res­i­dents is a pri­vately owned toll bridge.

“We used this to lift our spir­its and dream a lit­tle bit,” said or­ga­nizer Kyle de Beaus­set. “Of course we’re open to any help with the bridge, but I can’t imag­ine the win­ner would want to fi­nance it.”

The odds of win­ning a Mega Mil­lions jack­pot were in­cred­i­bly steep, at one in 302.5 mil­lion.

The game is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands.

 ?? KEITH SRAKOCIC AP ?? A pa­tron, who did not want to give her name, shows the ticket she just pur­chased for the Mega Mil­lions lot­tery draw­ing Fri­day at the lot­tery ticket vend­ing kiosk in a Smoker Friendly store in Cran­berry Town­ship, Pa.
KEITH SRAKOCIC AP A pa­tron, who did not want to give her name, shows the ticket she just pur­chased for the Mega Mil­lions lot­tery draw­ing Fri­day at the lot­tery ticket vend­ing kiosk in a Smoker Friendly store in Cran­berry Town­ship, Pa.

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