The winner’s ticket was purchased by Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, Maine, according to officials from the state lottery.
In the year 2016 six jackpots for lottery tickets that were split among Mega Millions and its competing lottery, Powerball — in the United States have surpassed $1 billion, with three of them occurring in the last year.
This week was the week that this week, the Mega Millions jackpot once again was 10 figures. It’s an astounding amount, even before taxes.
In spite of no winners in the previous 25 draws there was a winner ticket in the drawing on Friday night. The jackpot was worth a sum that was roughly $1.35 billion that was distributed over a period of 30 years. There was also the option to cash out $724.6 million in the event that the winner prefers to pay the winning lump amount.
The prize in Friday night’s drawing was the fourth-highest jackpot to be won in U.S. history, and the second-highest Mega Millions prize.
Through the years, modifications to the game and increased ticket prices have resulted in larger jackpots. The initial prize for the Powerball jackpot increased by a third in 2012 to $40 million instead of $20 million, along with the new price for tickets of $2. The 2015 Powerball matrix was changed. the Powerball changed as the range of numbers available increased to one-to-69 from one to 59 the initial five numbers, and the Powerball number choices changed to one to 26 instead of one to 35.
Mega Millions in 2017 increased the jackpot to $40 million. Mega Millions in 2017 raised the jackpot’s starting point by $40 million instead of $15 million and increased the cost of tickets to $2 instead of $1. A year later, the lower ticket sales due to the pandemic caused Mega Millions to lower prize to 20 million dollars.