This is the second largest Mega Millions jackpot and the fourth largest lottery prize in US history.
WASHINGTON. After three months and 25 straight draws without a winner, one lucky player will take home Friday’s $1.35 billion jackpot, the fourth-largest lottery prize in US history.
The winning numbers for Friday, January 13th were 30-43-45-46-61 and the golden Mega Ball 14.
Until Friday, no one had matched all six numbers and had not won the top prize since October 14th. These 25 draws in a row without a winner allowed the top prize to increase over the course of three months.
It’s no surprise that Mega Millions hasn’t had a winner for so long, given the game’s astronomically low odds of 1 in 302.6 million.
The $1.35 billion prize is for the winner who chooses an annuity with annual payments over 29 years. Winners almost always choose the cash option, which is valued at $724.6 million for the Friday night draw.
The next draw resets to $20 million.
The jackpot is the second largest in Mega Millions history, second only to the $1.537 billion jackpot won in October 2018.
Powerball is also attracting players with a growing jackpot that hit $404 million on Saturday’s draw.
The next two largest jackpots belong to Powerball: $2.04 billion and $1.586 billion.
What are the biggest US lottery jackpots ever won?
1. $2.04 billion Powerball November 8, 2022 (one ticket from California)
2. $1.586 billion Powerball, January 13, 2016 (three tickets from California, Florida and Tennessee)
3. $1.537 billion Mega Millions October 23, 2018 (one ticket from South Carolina)
4. $1.337 billion Mega Millions July 29, 2022 (one ticket from Illinois)
5. $1.05 billion Mega Millions on January 22, 2021 (one ticket from Michigan)
6. $768.4 million Powerball March 27, 2019 (one ticket from Wisconsin)
7. $758.7M Powerball August 23, 2017 (one ticket from Massachusetts)
8. $731.1M Powerball January 20, 2021 (one ticket from Maryland)
9. $699.8 million Powerball October 4, 2021 (one ticket from California)
10. $687.8 million Powerball, October 27, 2018 (two tickets from Iowa and New York)