Shopper bags $1 Billion Mega Millions prize!


A supermarket shopper has beaten odds of 1 in 302.5 million to win 1 billion dollars on the US Mega Millions lottery.

The lucky winner popped out for some shopping at their local grocery store Kroger in Detroit, Michigan – and brought home a billion dollar (almost £731m) ticket. The $1 billion jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket is the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

 “Someone in Michigan woke up to life-changing news on Saturday morning, and Kroger Michigan congratulates the newest  multimillionaire,” said Rachel Hurst, a regional spokeswoman for the grocery chain.

The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since 15th September – which was the last time the jackpot was won. After a record run of 37 draws, the third-largest jackpot in the history of Mega Millions was won last Friday night! There was only a single ticket to match all six numbers drawn on 22nd January 2021 – the white balls 4, 26, 42, 50 and 60, plus the gold Mega Ball 24. It is the 18th Mega Millions jackpot won in Michigan over the years; the last one was a prize shared with Rhode Island on 13th October 2017. Michigan is one of the original founding members of Mega Millions.

In addition to the $1B jackpot-winning ticket, there were plenty of other big winners last Friday night as well, a total of 10 tickets matched the five white balls to win the game’s second prize, sold in North Carolina and Virginia. The other eight are worth $1 million – two each in Florida and New York, and one each in Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The jackpot was last won at $120 million in Wisconsin on 15th September, and in this jackpot run there were almost 42.8 million winning tickets at all prize levels, including 70 second-tier winners of $1 million or more. Those million-dollar prizes were won in 24 different jurisdictions from coast to coast.

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