Maine won its first Mega Millions jackpot – and someone beat the bad luck of Friday the 13th – when a ticket bought in the state matched the winning numbers for the lottery’s estimated $1.35 billion grand prize.
The drawn combination of numbers drawn on Friday night were: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and Mega Ball 14 gold.
The winner, whose name is not yet known, beat odds of 1 in 302.6 million, leading to three months of draws without the prize.
“Congratulations to the Maine State Lottery, who just won their first ever Mega Millions prize,” Pat McDonald, head of the Ohio lottery and head of the Mega Millions Consortium, said in a statement early Saturday.
The jackpot was the second largest in Mega Millions history and the fourth time the game has had a billion dollar win. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018 was $1.53 billion claimed by a single ticket holder in South Carolina.
Friday’s successful draw also marked the seventh time that there has been a grand prize winner on Friday the 13th, a date superstitiously considered unlucky.
To claim the full $1.35 billion, the winner would need to receive the money in an annuity with annual payments over 29 years. Most jackpot winners prefer the reduced but faster cash option, which for Friday night’s draw was estimated at $724.6 million.
The next grand prize draw on Tuesday will drop it to around $20 million and a cash option of $10.7 million.
As of Friday night, there have been 25 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.
There were over 7 million winning tickets across nine prize tiers on Friday. In addition to the Maine jackpot, 14 tickets matched five white balls to claim the $1 million second-tier prize. Four were sold in New York, two in California and one in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas, Mega Millions said.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.
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