There’s winning and then there’s winning big. A lucky Michigan lottery player won big Friday night — $1 billion big.
Mega Millions Jan 22 2021 jackpot was one the most valuable lottery jackpots ever, according to organizers.
The same week that a Maryland couple won a $730 million Powerball jackpot, Americans had a shot Friday at $1 billion worth of Mega Millions prize money.
A winner of Friday’s jackpot, if he or she took the cash option, would receive $739.6 million – before taxes.
In 2020, overall, there were five Mega Millions winners, according to game officials.
Here are some Fact about the game and the massive jackpot.
Friday’s drawing marks just the third time ever that a lottery jackpot has reached the $1 billion mark.
Two other jackpot prizes exceed $1.5 billion, including one Powerball jackpot of $1.586 billion that was won in January 2016 (three winners) and the current Mega Millions record of $1.537 billion, which was won on a single ticket in October 2018.
The massive jackpot prize has been building since Sept. 15, 2020, the last time a winner was drawn. That comprises 37 drawings and marks the longest jackpot run ever for the game.
Odds of winning
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24 and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.