Mega Millions lottery ticket rests on a counter at a pilot travel center near Burlington, NC (Gerry Broome, AP)
March 30 was a good day for multimillionaires.
Mega Millions on Friday night scored $ 521 million for a single ticket that was sold in New Jersey, said the game's multistate agency . The New Jersey Lottery tweeted that the ticket was purchased at a Lukoil store in Riverdale, about 30 miles northwest of Midtown Manhattan.
It's the fourth-biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever and comes six years into the day of the biggest jackpot in the history of the game, a monster $ 656 million pot split in three ways.
The winning numbers in the drawing on Friday were 11, 28, 31, 46 and 59, plus Mega Ball 1, the game announced in a press release with only one, but two exclamation points.
If these stories are familiar from big lottery achievements, it is a conscious move of the Multi-State Lottery Association to get fewer jackpot winners and draw attention to big winners, such as the owner or keeper, of the New Jersey tickets (and the last big jackpot for Powerball, a $ 457 million winning ticket that was sold in Pennsylvania on March 17)
Here's how Mega Millions works : The players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and an I ga ball from 1 to 15. The winning prize of the grand prize was 1 in 258,890,850
Then, in October, Mega Millions changed the rules.
Players now choose numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega Ball from 1 to 25. The jackpot chance of winning is now 1 in 302,575,350.
If you reduce the number of balls for the first five numbers, you increase the chance of winning a lower prize, such as the $ 2 ticket or double $ 4. But increasing the number of megabytes Balls make it harder to win the jackpot and grow and grow, collecting jackpot hunters that pop up when the payout balloons appear.
The winner or winners have a hard time keeping their identity secret. A New Hampshire woman claimed a $ 560 million Powerball jackpot in a January 10 drawing and requested anonymity, citing her safety and evidence that winners have become targets for theft and exploitation , She fought and won a lawsuit to disguise her identity, a judge ruled March 12th.
Like most states, New Jersey has laws that restrict the anonymity of the winners. The state commission says that anyone can get the details about the winners after a formal request. The website does not explain how and when limited liability companies can claim a price. Only one person founded an LLC before receiving a prize, state lottery NJ.com said.
In 2013, then-Gov. Chris Christie (R) has rejected a law that would have changed that, suggesting that the move would reduce the transparency of the game and limit the Commission's ability to highlight winners in advertising.
Two tickets were sold in Ohio for the draw on Friday Texas matched the five white balls and scored $ 1 million, the largest non-jackpot value in the game.
The jackpot has risen since January 12, the game said, when a Florida man claimed a $ 451 million jackpot. Each time a jackpot is claimed, it is reset to a relatively modest $ 40 million.
Mega Millions will draw for this jackpot on Tuesday. But we already know the likelihood that jackpot winners will show up. The odds are against, and that's intentional.
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