Published: Sunday 07 January, 2018

1 Winner from Florida Gets $450-million US Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot

There was only ONE winner of the Mega Millions lottery jackpot on Friday, January 5. The lone winner from Florida bagged $450 million, the 4th largest Mega Millions jackpot in history. The winner has yet to come forward.

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A Florida bettor just hit the $450 million jackpot of the US Mega Millions lottery draw! (AP image)

The Florida Lottery says the winning ticket matched all six winning numbers of the Mega Millions draw: 28-30-39-59-70-10. The ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Port Richey. 

The winner can choose to take home the $450 million jackpot in 29 annual payments. Or he can choose the cash option and bring home $281 million. According to lottery officials, most winners choose the cash option.

But no matter which option he chooses, the winner cannot remain anonymous under Florida law. He has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. But with the cash option, the winner only has 60 days to file a claim.

Under the law, details about the winner should be made public: his name, city of residence and winning details. However, for security reasons, his exact address and telephone number can be kept confidential.

The prize is the fourth-largest jackpot in the 15 year history of Mega Millions and the 10th largest prize in any US lottery. According to Mega Millions, three other jackpots were bigger: a jackpot of $656 million in 2012; a jackpot of $48 million in 2013; and $536 million in 2016.

The Mega Millions jackpot has no been reset to $40 million for the next draw on January 9.

Meanwhile, another huge jackpot awaits this time in the Powerball draw on Saturday night. The jackpot has reached $570 million!