By Todd Northrop
After 23 straight drawings with no grand prize winner, one winning ticket was sold for the $450 million Mega Millions jackpot in Friday night's drawing.
The winning numbers were 28, 30, 39, 59, and 70, with Mega Ball number 10. The Megaplier was 3.
The winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven, located at 7131 Ridge Road in Port Richey, Florida.
The Florida Mega Millions jackpot winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. However, to elect the one-time, lump-sum cash payment option (in the amount of $281.2 million,) the claim must be filed within 60 days after the winning draw date.
In addition to the lucky jackpot winner, 8 tickets matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from California, 1 from Massachusetts, 2 from Oklahoma, 1 from Tennessee, 2 from Texas, and 1 from Virginia.
Two of the second prize winners — one the the tickets sold in Oklahoma and one of the tickets sold in Texas — purchased their tickets with the Megaplier option for an extra $1, which triples their prizes to $3 million because the Megaplier drawn Friday night was 3.
The California second-prize winner will take home a $1,860,934 prize, in this case benefiting from the state's pari-mutuel prize laws and the fact that there were no other second-prize winners in the state to split the prize with.
The Megaplier option is not available in California, because the fixed nature of the prize increase offered with the Megaplier is not compatible with California's pari-mutuel payouts.
Another 65 tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. Of those tickets, 9 were purchased with the Megaplier option, increasing the prize to $30,000, and 9 were sold in California, where the prize was worth $11,987 this drawing.
Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets cost $2 each.
The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.
If you're not one of the lucky winners, fear not. There's a chance to land an even bigger payday with the $570 million Powerball jackpot. The next drawing for that game will be tonight at 11 p.m. ET.
Powerball and Mega Millions are the largest lottery games in the country, but their jackpots don't usually grow to such staggering heights at the same time.
But it could become a more common phenomenon. The rules for both games were recently tweaked — Powerball in 2015 and Mega Millions in October 2017 — to give the games longer odds and thus let the jackpots grow larger.
Smaller chances of snagging the jackpots means the prize pools have a chance to grow bigger before a winning ticket is sold. Meanwhile, the games can attract more players by brandishing their eye-popping prizes.
Powerball grabbed headlines a couple years ago when its grand prize grew to nearly $1.6 billion. It marked the largest lottery prize in history. Three winning ticket holders eventually claimed the prize in a January 2016 drawing.