$ 1 billion lottery prize ticket was sold in Michigan

The $ 1 billion jackpot winning ticket was the third-largest lottery prize in American history, sold at a Michigan grocery store.

The winning number, which was drawn on Friday night, was selected by a customer at a Kroger grocery store in Novi, a city of about 60,000 people, which is 30 miles northwest of Detroit.

State lottery officials said the winner will not be identified until the person contacts them.

The winner may choose to collect the prize through an initial payment and then an annual payment for 29 years, or receive a lump sum cash payment of approximately $ 739 million. State lottery officials said that in that case, the winner would receive about $ 530 million.

According to Mega Millions, the probability of winning the jackpot was 1 in 302,575,350. The winning numbers in the Mega Millions lottery were 4, 26, 42, 50 and 60 with a mega ball number of 24.

The numbers were picked up two days after the number was selected for the winning ticket in the $ 731 million Powerball Jackpot, which was sold in Lonaconing, MD, in the virus-infested north-eastern corner down-on-luck east mining town. state. Winning tickets sold at Coney Market, a convenience store that sells sub and pizza in Lonaconing, a city of about 1,200 in Allegany County, with the most Kovid-19 cases per capita in the state. According to census data, about a quarter of Lonaconing’s population live below the poverty line.

A spokesman for Kroger by Entrepreneur’s Magazine congratulated Bob Gut, the winner and mayor of Novi in ​​Michigan, saying the news came a month after the city was named the “second most innovative city in the country.”

He described Novi as a fast-growing city, once a rural outpost in Detroit, but now a hub for car manufacturing that was attracting tech companies such as Google.

Mr Gut said he was “ecstatic” for the winner. “I would have been better off if I had a winning ticket,” he said.

The jackpot was the second largest award in the history of Mega Millions.

In 2018, a person who opted to remain anonymous won $ 1.537 billion in South Carolina. According to Mega Millions, the award was presented on a single ticket as the world’s largest lottery prize.

The largest lottery prize in the United States so far was the $ 1.586 billion Powerball Jackpot in 2016, according to The Associated Press. It was split between three ticket winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.

A lingering legend holds that the winner of the big jackpot is cursed after the stroke of his good fortune. There are many accounts of winners, who are disgruntled to manage their newfound wealth, struggle with drugs or alcohol, ruin relationships and go bankrupt.

While an influential study in 1978 found that lottery winners were not happy or more optimistic about their future than their neighbors, other studies have countered the notion of the so-called lottery curse.

Studies show that the general psychological well-being of the winners returns over time.

In 2018, a New Hampshire woman sued to stop releasing her name to the public after winning $ 560 million in the Powerball Lottery.

Lawyers for the woman who called herself Jane Doe in the lawsuit said she wanted to use a portion of her winnings, which is “far from the dazzle and misfortune that often falls on other lottery ‘winners.”

A judge allowed him to remain anonymous.

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