On Friday, one lucky ticket matched all Mega Millions numbers in the Florida Lottery. The as-of-yet unknown winner can claim a $450 million grand prize, the nation’s 10th largest jackpot ever.
The winning ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey, according to lottery officials. Just for selling the Quick Pick ticket, the retailer will also receive a $100,000 bonus commission.
The identity of the winner was not immediately available. However, under Florida law, the winner cannot remain anonymous, according to a report in the Miami Herald on Saturday.
Only three Mega Millions jackpots have been larger than the most recent grand prize: a jackpot of $656 million in 2012; a jackpot of $648 million in 2013; and $536 million in 2016, according to the lottery’s website.
Powerball and Mega Millions are played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The jackpots refer to the annuity options for both games, in which payments are made over 29 years. Most winners opt for cash options, which would be $281 million for Mega Millions and $358.5 million for Powerball.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302.5 million. Powerball has odds of one in 292.2 million.
Some of the nation’s biggest states, including California and Texas, don’t assess state taxes on lottery prizes.
Florida’s jackpot winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. But if they choose to take it as a one-time, lump-sum cash payment — $281.2 million — the claim must be filed within 60 days after the winning draw date.
Florida’s next Mega Millions drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Tuesday for a mere $40 million jackpot.
In New Hampshire on Sunday one winning ticket matching all six numbers was sold for the $570 million Powerball jackpot.
There were also $1 million winners in Connecticut, New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.
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