Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Powerball ticket sold in East Wareham worth $1 million

Powerball ticket sold in East Wareham worth $1 million

The total tickets for Friday night's Mega Millions drawing passed the 1 million mark before 11 a.m. The winning numbers on Tuesday were 69, 45, 61, 3, 49, and the Mega Ball was 9.

States have different rules, so depending on where you purchased the ticket, you have from 180 days to a year to claim the jackpot.

Lottery staff are headed to Lexington to execute a series of security checks at the retailer that sold the winning ticket. Here are some answers for someone holding that prized lottery ticket for what would be the second-largest lottery jackpot in USA history.

The last winners: Powerball on August 11 and Mega Millions on July 24.

Its jackpot has ballooned to $900 million for Friday's drawing - the second largest in USA lottery history and the biggest in the game's history- after yielding no winners since the end of July.

Mega Millions says its previous record jackpot was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012.

The Mega Millions jackpot is displayed as a customer leaves the Corner Market, on Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

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If you're looking for a tiny hint: the numbers 17 and 12 have been drawn twice as Mega Balls since August 31. The winning numbers drawn Friday for Mega Millions are 4, 24, 46, 61, 70 and the Mega Ball number is 7.

The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to a survey from LENDedu. Check your state lottery's cutoff time for Mega Millions ticket sales if you want a chance at the jackpot.

The game - played in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands - becomes a "cultural phenomenon" somewhere in the $200 million to $400 million range, said Medenica, who holds the informal and rotating director position for an 11-state Mega Millions consortium.

Here's how Mega Millions used to work: Players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number from 1 to 15. About half of the jackpot winnings would go to taxes.

They also point out that players will never be required to transfer funds to secure their winnings for any lottery game.

This will be the second largest lottery jackpot ever offered in U.S. history.

No one hit the jackpot, which has now climbed to $430 million.

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