Third largest prize in US history fallen: resident wins billion dollars | NOW

The jackpot of the American lottery Mega Millions fell on one ticket from a resident of the American state of Michigan on Friday. The lucky guy can therefore credit the third largest prize in the history of the country to his account: more than 1 billion dollars (about 821 million euros).

The winner can choose to accept up to $ 740 million at once, or receive the full amount over the next 30 years. Ten other Americans will receive at least $ 1 million.

In Mega Millions, players must choose six numbers that can potentially earn them prizes. To win the jackpot, all those numbers must be chosen by the machine. That chance is about 1 in 302.5 million, the organization writes on its own website. On Friday the jackpot fell on the numbers 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 and 24.

The amount that players can win grows with each draw. The amount of the jackpot that fell on Friday was so high, because in September someone last won the maximum amount. The jackpot will be around $ 20 million in the next draw. A ticket costs 2 dollars.

Only twice could residents distribute an even larger amount of money. In 2016, three players won nearly $ 1.6 billion in the Powerball lottery, while two years later more than $ 1.5 billion was won by one person in the Mega Millions lottery.

Earlier this week, another American also became a multi-millionaire in one fell swoop when the Powerball lottery jackpot fell on his lottery ticket. Then $ 731 million was paid out.


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