Residents use the lottery ticket vending kiosk at a store to purchase tickets for the Mega Millions lottery in Cranberry Township on Friday. AP
Someone in Michigan bought the winning ticket for the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot, which was the third-largest Lottery prize in US history.
The winning numbers for Friday night’s drawing were 4, 26, 42, 50 and 60, with a Mega Ball of 24. The winning ticket was purchased at a Kroger store in the Detroit suburb of Novi, the Michigan Lottery said.
"Someone in Michigan woke up to life-changing news this morning, and Kroger Michigan congratulates the newest Michigan multimillionaire,” said Rachel Hurst, a regional spokeswoman for the grocery chain. She declined to comment further.
The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since Sept.15, when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. The Lottery's next estimated jackpot is $20 million.
Friday night's drawing came just two days after a ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers drawn and won a $731.1 million Powerball jackpot.
The jackpot figures refer to amounts if a winner opts for an annuity, paid in 30 annual installments. Most winners choose a cash prize, which for the Mega Millions game would be $776.6 million before taxes.
A woman shows the ticket she had just purchased for the Mega Millions lottery. AP
Only two Lottery prizes in the US have been larger than Friday's jackpot. Three tickets for a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were sold in January 2016, and one winning ticket sold for a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018.
In Grosse Ile, a suburb south of Detroit, 126 people bought more than 600 tickets for the Friday drawing but didn't win the jackpot. They hoped to win enough money to replace a publicly owned bridge on their island in the Detroit River that has been closed indefinitely for major repairs. The only other transportation option for the island's 10,000 residents is a privately owned toll bridge.
"We used this to lift our spirits and dream a little bit,” said organiser Kyle de Beausset. "Of course we're open to any help with the bridge, but I can't imagine the winner would want to finance it.”
The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot were incredibly steep, at one in 302.5 million. The game is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands.
Five lucky individuals have been added to the long list of dollar millionaire and luxury vehicle winners when Dubai Duty Free conducted the latest draw for Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire: and Finest Surprise promotion on Jan.20, at Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport.
Haroon Almulla will be taking home $1 million for his ticket number 1283 in Series 309 that he bought online.
Dubai Duty Free returned to Emirates Golf Club for the 22nd Dubai Duty Free Senior’s Cup, with over 50 participants enjoying the challenge of the Faldo Course.
Lady luck smiled on two Indians on Tuesday as they were declared lucky winners of Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Promotion in Series 310 and Series 311 which took place at Concourse D of Dubai International Airport.
The Ministry called on the companies practicing such activities to enhance their awareness and knowledge on the risks of money laundering and keep pace with the government's efforts in this regard.
Five institutions in Dubai have come together to propagate kidney health with March having been observed globally as the “National Kidney Month” and March 11 (Thursday) as “World Kidney Day.”
The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) announced on Tuesday that all annual Ramadan tent permits in the Emirate of Dubai will be cancelled this year in compliance with government precautionary and preventive measures to stem the spread of COVID-19.