Ticket for $1.35 billion Mega Tens of millions jackpot offered in rural Maine city By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A digital display commercial for the “Mega Tens of millions” lottery prize at over $1.35 billion forward of the January thirteenth multi-state prize drawing is seen at a ticket gross sales store in Nice Neck, New York, U.S., January 13, 2023. REUTERS/Shannon S

By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A single successful ticket for a Mega Tens of millions lottery jackpot of no less than $1.35 billion, the second largest jackpot in U.S. historical past, was offered in Maine, lottery organizers stated on Saturday.

“Congratulations to the Maine State Lottery, which has simply gained its first-ever Mega Tens of millions jackpot,” Ohio Lottery director Pat McDonald, lead director for the Mega Tens of millions Consortium, stated in an announcement. “It is the fourth billion-dollar jackpot in Mega Tens of millions historical past.”

The successful ticket, which value $2 and matched all six numbers, was purchased at Hometown Fuel & Grill comfort retailer in Lebanon, Maine. The ticket holder, but to be recognized, has the selection of a lump-sum fee of $723.5 million or an annual payout over 30 years.

Most winners go for the lump sum, which comes with a hefty tax invoice, in response to the Mega Tens of millions web site.

The successful numbers for the jackpot had been 30, 43, 45, 46 and 61, plus the ability ball 14.

“It is a small rural city in southern Maine,” Fred Cotreau, the proprietor of Hometown Fuel & Grill informed Reuters. “We have no idea but who the winner is, however we’re anxiously awaiting to see if it is one among our pals.”

The jackpot had been rolling because it was final gained on October 14, when a $502 million prize was shared by successful tickets in California and Florida. It’s the second largest within the 20-year historical past of the sport, topped solely by the $1.537 billion gained in South Carolina in October 2018.

Along with the jackpot-winning ticket, fourteen tickets matched all 5 numbers to win the sport’s second-tier prize of $1 million. 4 had been offered in New York, two in California, and one every in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Half of the proceeds from the sale of every Mega Tens of millions ticket stays within the state the place the ticket was offered, the place the cash helps lottery beneficiaries, equivalent to training or public worker pensions, and retailer commissions.

Cotreau stands to obtain a considerable bonus for the ticket.

“I do not know but, however I am gonna name my lottery agent very first thing Monday morning to search out out.”

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