Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Tampa, FL, United States (4E) – Someone in Florida holds the ticket that won the $450 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn on Jan. 5 while another lucky person that bought a Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire will claim a $559.7 million jackpot in the richest combined Powerball payout yet.
The combined pot for both draws amounts to over $1.10 billion.
The winning Florida ticket has the white ball numbers 28, 30, 39, 59, 70 and the Mega Ball number 10.
Florida lottery officials said this ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey, 40 miles northwest of Tampa.
The winning New Hampshire numbers are 12, 29, 30, 33, 61 and Mega Ball number 26.
The Powerball ticket that won the NH draw was sold at Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack.
The Florida jackpot winner has 180 days after the drawing to claim the money. To obtain the one-time, lump-sum cash option — which amounts to $281.2 million — the claim must be filed within 60 days of the drawing. Under Florida law, the Mega Millions winner cannot remain anonymous.
The retailer, in this case 7-Eleven, will get $100,000 for selling the ticket. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.
“Congratulations to Florida on their big jackpot win,” said Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director and Maryland Lottery chief.
“This has been an exciting run for Mega Millions players and a great way to start off the New Year! But it’s not over yet. We’re looking forward to Saturday’s $570 million Powerball jackpot. Good luck, everyone!”
“We are looking forward to meeting New Hampshire’s latest big winner — someone woke up a multimillionaire this morning!” said New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre after the draw on Jan. 6.
The highest Powerball jackpot was $640 million in 2012. Three winners from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland shared the prize. Other big jackpots were $648 million in 2013 and $540 in 2016.
To win the jackpot, one must match the first five balls (1-70) and the Mega Ball (1-25).
According to statistics provided by the Texas Lottery, the most common gold Mega Ball number since Oct. 31, 2017 (when the game changed to its current format) is the No. 22 (three times).
The most common white balls: No. 42 (six times), and Nos. 1, 10, 22 and 28 (four times each). Mega Ball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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