A Million Dollar Start to 2018
We all celebrate the new year, a fresh start and the anticipation of things to come as we set our goals and go full speed ahead. Now imagine starting 2018 off with a winning lotto ticket, a ticket worth $450 million to be exact.
One lucky and, as yet, still unidentified person has done just that. According to sources, the quick pick winning ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey. The winning numbers were 28, 30, 39, 59 and 70, with the Mega Ball being 10. The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega Ball? A vast 1 to 302.6 million!
In order to claim the Mega Millions jackpot in Florida, players cannot remain anonymous. They must, perhaps unfortunately, reveal their name, city of residence and details of the winnings. Luckily nothing as specific as their exact street address or phone number!
The winner however has two options when claiming their prize: If they come forward within 180 days they receive an immediate payment followed by increasing annual payments for the next 29 years or if they come forward within 60 days they may claim a full cash pay-out. If the winner in this instance claims the full cash prize they will receive a rather nice sum of $281 million, a sight lower than the actual jackpot but definitely not an amount to scoff at.
This win is also not the only one from Friday night’s draw. In total, 2 935 086 players won prizes across all levels. One winner with a ticket from the same 7-eleven won $100 000; seems like perhaps Port Richey was quite aptly named.
This $450 million win is quite astounding in that it is the fourth largest in Mega Millions history, with the top win being a $656 million jackpot in 2012. It is also the tenth largest prize in any U.S lottery. Now that’s the way to welcome in a new year!
The Mega Millions jackpot was reset to $40 million for the draw today. Don’t miss out!
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