US lottery jackpot tops $1 bn, fourth highest ever
The jackpot for the upcoming drawing of the Mega Millions lottery has ballooned to more than $1 billion, the fourth highest prize ever, its US organizer announced Wednesday. The Mega Millions grand prize has been steadily growing, along with players' dreams of fortune, for over three months, with no one correctly guessing the six magic numbers in 29 previous drawings. Friday's estimated jackpot sits at just above $1 billion, Mega Millions announced in a press release.That represents an increase of nearly $200 million over Tuesday's top prize, which attracted so many players that the Mega Millions website was down for over two hours, the group said.
The person who owns the winning ticket lives in Illinois, but has not yet been identified. © supplied by Franceinfo
is one of the biggest earnings in the history of the American lottery. One person won the jackpot on Friday evening, more than $ 1.33 billion (1.30 billion euros), the organizers of Mega Million announced on Saturday July 30 on their website (in English) . The jackpot was first estimated at $ 1.28 billion, but "the final value was greater than the estimate", on the basis of actual sales, said Mega Millions.
"Winning alert: Mega Millions players, check your ticket! A happy winner won $ 1,280,000,000! If you bought your Speedway ticket to plains, you could be the winner!", Tweeted lottery of this center-east state.
Lottery hopefuls flock to 'lucky' California store as $1bn jackpot looms
The odds of claiming this week's bonanza US lottery prize are less than one-in-300-million -- but one "lucky" convenience store outside Los Angeles is already counting its winnings. A sign above the counter of the otherwise unassuming shop in California's Chino Hills proclaims itself the "LUCKIEST 7-ELEVEN IN THE WORLD," six years after it sold a winning ticket for the largest jackpot in US lottery history. With the nationwide Mega Millions prize now exceeding $1 billion once again, customers from far and wide were lining up Thursday, hoping that lightning will strike twice.
Winner Alert: Mega Millions® Players, Check Your Ticket! A Lucky Winner Won $ 1,280,000,000! If you Purchased Your Ticket from Speedway in Plains, Il, You Could Be the Winner! https://t.co/aidzehzghc pic.twitter.com/jus6gwqtmy
- Illinois Lottery (@illinoislottery) July 30, 2022
"We are impatient to know who won and hope to congratulate the winner soon!", Added to a statement Pat McDonald, a Mega Millions official.
A jackpot that has continued to grow in three months
the 1.337 billion Friday represents what the lucky winner would get if he agreed to spread payment over 30 years. If he wanted to receive his prize in one go, he would only receive "780 million, part of which would then be taken by taxes, according to an estimate of Mega Millions.
The jackpot of this lottery has not stopped growing for more than three months, just like the dreams of fortune of its players, no one having managed to guess the six good numbers during the thirty previous prints. The chances of winning this mirobal sum were only one by almost 303 million.
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