Mega Millions drawn for historic $1.28 billion jackpot

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The numbers were drawn Friday night for the Mega Millions, which are worth a historic $1.28 billion.

The winning numbers were 67-45-57-36-13 and the Mega Ball of 14.

For the third time in the 20-year history of the American lottery game, the grand prize has reached the billion dollar mark. According to a Mega Millions press release, the jackpot has grown to an estimated $1.28 billion — a cash value of $648.2 million — after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn.

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If won, it will be the second largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, after only the record $1,537 billion won in South Carolina on October 23, 2018 – the world’s largest lottery prize ever won on a single lot.

Friday night’s Mega Millions draw marks the 30th in this jackpot run, which started on April 19.

A woman checks off the numbers chosen for her Mega Millions lottery tickets at a 7-Eleven supermarket in Chino Hills, California, on July 28, 2022.

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In the 29 draws since the Mega Millions jackpot was last won in Tennessee on April 15, there have been more than 28.1 million winning tickets across all prize tiers, including 42 worth $1 million or more in 17 states in the United States. whole country. Four Mega Millions jackpots have been won so far this year – in California, New York, Minnesota and Tennessee.

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Mega Millions jackpots start at $20 million and grow based on game sales and interest rates. Despite a strong increase in ticket sales, the chance of winning the grand prize remains the same: 1 in 303 million.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 and can be purchased in 45 US states, Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. ET at the studios of WSB-TV, affiliated with Atlanta TBEN, overseen by the Georgia Lottery.

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Winners can either withdraw the money immediately in cash or in 30 annual payments over 29 years.