We have a winner! The Mega Millions announced that one Florida resident managed to match all six numbers to take home the $450 million jackpot.
28. 30. 39. 59. 70. Throw in a Gold Mega Million ball of 10, add a dash of luck, and what do you have? $450 million dollars. That was the jackpot for the Jan. 5 Mega Millions drawing, and one person in Florida won the whole thing. The Florida Lottery announced that a winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at a 7-eleven in Port Richey (just outside of Tampa), according to the Florida Lottery. “The Florida MEGA MILLIONS jackpot winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. However, to elect the one-time, lump-sum cash payment option (in the amount of $281.2 million,) the claim must be filed within 60 days after the winning draw date.”
Let that sink in: someone who randomly bought a Quick Pick is (assuming they take the lump sum) now more than a quarter of a billion dollars richer. Unbelievable! This was the fourth-largest jackpot in the 15-year history of Mega Millions, according to CBS News, and the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history. Plus, that 7-Eleven that sold the winning ticket? “The retailer will receive a $100,000 bonus commission,” the Florida Lottery announced. How cool is that!
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot was 1 in 302.5 million, but somehow, this lucky person was able to beat those odds. Incredible. As of the morning of Jan. 6, the identity of the Port Richey millionaire wasn’t known but they have at least two months to lay low before claiming the prize. Their life has just been turned upside down, so they may need a minute or two to adjust.
— Mega Millions (@MegaMillionsUS) January 6, 2018
For those who didn’t win big in the Mega Millions, don’t cry. The Powerball is up to $570 million. The next drawing is on Jan. 6 at 11 P.M. ET. If a winner opts for the cash option, they would take home $358.5 million. However, the odds for winning this jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. Hey! Those are better odds than the Mega Millions. All it takes is two-dollars and a dream (though, play responsibly, please.)
Did you win anything on the Mega Millions, HollywoodLifers? Are you going to play the Powerball? Will you share any of your winnings?