According to a U.S. lottery official, one lucky U.S. lottery player has won the Mega Millions jackpot. The lottery winner on Friday with the winning numbers 13-36-45-57-67 and 14 is set to receive a total cash prize of over $1,3 billion.
The winner, who has not yet been named, is reportedly from the Midwestern state of Illinois. A staggering mega jackpot at an estimated $1,337 billion that was played for by 45 U.S. states was won by the winner.
The ultimate prize has been building up for three months, so the sum is enormous. It is one of the greatest dreams of bettors throughout all U.S. states that participated in the Mega Millions, especially when 29 prior lotteries went unclaimed.
Pat McDonald, the Mega Millions Consortium’s lead director, said on their website that they are “thrilled to have witnessed one of the biggest jackpot wins in Mega Millions history.”
“We’re eager to find out who won and look forward to congratulating the winner soon!” he added.
According to records for the Mega Millions, the jackpot from last Friday was one of the largest ever awarded. Its incredible sum is only short of the global record set by Powerball in January 2016 with a staggering $1,586 billion divided among three winners.
However, in October 2018, a single person also took home the top reward of a whopping $1,5 billion in the Mega Millions lottery.
Reports say that the odds of the winner winning are one in 303 million, significantly greater than the odds of people getting struck by lightning, which are one in a million. As a result, the jackpot winner is frequently encouraged to contact a financial advisor before withdrawing the prize in order to make better use of the jackpot.
Robert Pagliarini, a financial planner, even advised the winner to first consider what should not be changed at the time of the announcement especially when they “step outside the craziness of the situation for a moment.”
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