US lottery participant wins jackpot topping $1.3 billion

Washington: A fortunate US lottery participant has gained a Mega Hundreds of thousands jackpot price greater than $1.3 billion, one of many highest prizes ever, a US lottery official confirmed Saturday.

The official Mega Hundreds of thousands web site mentioned a single ticket holder within the Midwestern state of Illinois — who has but to be recognized — had the six magic numbers and gained a jackpot estimated at $1.337 billion.

“We’re thrilled to have witnessed one of many greatest jackpot wins in Mega Hundreds of thousands historical past,” Pat McDonald, lead director of the Mega Hundreds of thousands Consortium, mentioned on the group’s web site. “We’re keen to search out out who gained and stay up for congratulating the winner quickly!”

The grand prize had been steadily rising, fueling the desires of would-be winners throughout the nation, for greater than three months. The prize had gone unclaimed in 29 earlier drawings.

The chances of profitable the Mega Hundreds of thousands jackpot are one in 303 million — a lot increased than the one-in-a-million probability of being struck by lightning, in line with US authorities information.

Friday’s complete falls wanting the world document of $1.586 billion, set in January 2016 by America’s different nationwide lotto, the Powerball, although that sum was break up amongst three winners.

The second-highest prize ever — and the best gained by a single particular person — was in an October 2018 Mega Hundreds of thousands drawing for $1.5 billion.

The $1.337 billion determine for Friday’s drawing represents the entire quantity a winner can be entitled to in the event that they accepted the prize break up up over a 30-year annuity.

If the fortunate particular person determined as an alternative to take the winnings as a one-time money fee, the entire quantity would lower to $780.5 million, Mega Hundreds of thousands estimates.

Taxes would then gobble up a big chunk, whereas nonetheless leaving an unimaginably massive pot for the winner.

Winners are usually suggested to instantly search help from monetary advisors, even earlier than claiming the prize cash.

Monetary planner Robert Pagliarini additionally recommends that large winners “step outdoors the craziness of the state of affairs for a second,” and assume laborious about what components of their life they “don’t wish to change.”

Mega Hundreds of thousands is performed in 45 US states. The profitable numbers Friday: 13-36-45-57-67 and 14.

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