[Breaking news update, published at 11:03 p.m. ET]
The winning numbers for Friday’s Mega Millions draw worth $1.28 billion were 13-36-45-57-67 with a Mega Ball of 14.
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The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday reached around $1.28 billion, according to the game. website – and would be the second biggest in the game’s 20-year history and the third-largest of all American lottery games.
Friday’s jackpot cash value option is $742.2 million. The drawing is at 11 p.m. ET at the WSB-TV studio in Atlanta.
The record Mega Millions jackpot is $1.537 billion, won by a single ticket sold in South Carolina in 2018. It is the second biggest jackpot of any US lottery game, although it is the the biggest lottery prize in the world won by a single ticketaccording to Mega Millions.
The biggest jackpot of any US lottery game was $1.586 billion – a Powerball prize from January 13, 2016, shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
Timothy Schultz, who won a $28 million Powerball jackpot in 1999 and now hosts a lottery podcast, said winning at CNN can “really change your life.”
He said after checking his numbers in the newspaper and realizing he had won, some of the first calls he made were to lawyers and financial advisers.
“It can change just about everything, relationships, your ability to live a life,” he said. “I think it can save time, which can be invaluable. And, you know, it’s one of the most surreal things that can change someone’s life.
He said working with a financial adviser will benefit people who have no experience with millions because an adviser will help winners understand what they can realistically do with the winnings.
Schultz said he didn’t consider himself materialistic before winning, so his most extravagant purchases were cars and real estate.
“I’ve found that for me and for many people I’ve met and interviewed, if you win the lottery jackpot, it magnifies, or at least it can magnify, your personality. It doesn’t necessarily change who you are. are,” he said.
He said that although he rarely plays the lottery these days, he bought a ticket for Friday night’s draw.
Mega Millions jackpots start at $20 million for the breakeven prize and increase based on game sales and 30-year US Treasury bill interest rates. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.
There are seven other lesser value prizes that depend on the number and type of balls a ticket matches. The odds of winning a second prize of $1 million – if a ticket matches all five cue balls but not the Mega Millions ball – are 1 in 12,607,306.
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands, with draws on Tuesday and Friday. Tickets are sold online in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and DC, but the purchaser must be in this State.