Winning 1 billion Mega Millions ticket sold at Michigan grocery store

A Michigander is the lucky winner of the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot. 

The winning ticket was sold at a Kroger store in Novi, a suburb of Detroit. The winning numbers for Friday night’s drawing were 4, 26, 42, 50 and 60, with a Mega Ball of 24. 

"Someone in Michigan woke up to life-changing news this morning, and Kroger Michigan congratulates the newest Michigan multimillionaire," said Rachel Hurst, a regional spokeswoman for the grocery chain. She declined to comment further.

Information about the winner has not been made public.

Other big winners were Match 5 winners in Florida (two), Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York (two) and Pennsylvania, according to the Mega Millions site.

Match 5 + Megaplier winning tickets were also sold in North Carolina and Virginia.

The $1 billion prize is the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. It had been growing since Sept. 15, when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. The lottery's next estimated jackpot is $20 million.

Friday night's drawing came just two days after a ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers drawn and won a $731.1 million Powerball jackpot.

Only two lottery prizes in the U.S. have been larger than Friday's jackpot. Three tickets for a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were sold in January 2016, and one winning ticket sold for a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018.

The jackpot figures refer to amounts if a winner opts for an annuity, paid in 30 annual installments. Most winners choose a cash prize, which for the Mega Millions estimated jackpot would be $739.6 million before taxes.

The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are incredibly steep, at one in 302.5 million.

The game is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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