Single Ticket In Maine Wins $1.3B Mega Millions
Friday the 13th was lucky for someone in Maine.
A single ticket-holder in Maine matched all six numbers drawn Friday night for Mega Millions – the white balls 30, 43, 45, 46 and 61, plus the gold Mega Ball 14. The prize was $1.348 billion ($723.5 million cash), the second-largest jackpot in the game’s history.
“Congratulations to the Maine State Lottery, which has just won its first-ever Mega Millions jackpot,” said Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald, Lead Director for the Mega Millions Consortium.
“It’s the fourth billion-dollar jackpot in Mega Millions history. We thank all our retailers for their hard work during this spectacular run and our customers for their enthusiasm and support. I hope the fun and excitement Mega Millions has generated inspires a winning attitude in our daily lives and towards everyone we meet.”
Friday night’s jackpot win is the seventh on a Friday the 13th since the game began in 2002 and the first on such a day since October 2017.
The record Mega Millions jackpot remains $1.537 billion, won by a single ticket in South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2018.
Fourteen tickets matched all five white balls in the Jan. 13 drawing to win the game’s 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.
For matching four white balls plus the Mega Ball, 164 tickets had a third-tier win. Of those, 27 included the optional Megaplier (available in most states for an extra $1), which was 2X on Friday night. Those tickets are worth $20,000 each. The remaining 137 second-tier winning tickets won the standard $10,000 prize.
The jackpot had been rolling since it was last won on Oct. 14, when a $502 million prize was shared by winning tickets in California and Florida.
Through the 26 drawings beginning Oct. 18, there were more than 40.3 million winning tickets across all prize tiers, including 82 second-tier prizes worth $1 million or more, won in 25 states.