The year 2021 started with a bang for the Mega Millions lottery. The beloved American lottery has been making the headlines again with its $1-Billion-dollar jackpot. Ticket sales for the draw of January 22nd sky rocketed. All lottery fans in the world had their eyes set on the mouth-watering top prize. A ticket holder in Michigan hit the jackpot, literally!
How did Mega Millions jackpot get to such amazing heights?
Earlier in 2020, as the pandemic was getting started, both Powerball and Mega Millions were announcing changes, including lower starting jackpots and smaller rollover increases. After such pessimistic news, nobody was expecting new records to be set. Yet, the lottery world managed to surprise all of us once again.
After a rollover streak of 37 draws, the second-largest jackpot in the history of Mega Millions was won in the night of January 22nd 2021. The final jackpot value was of $1.05 billion ($776.6 million cash), updated to reflect strong sales. The winning numbers for the draw were 4-26-42-50-60 and a Mega Ball number of 24.
Is this the biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever awarded?
No, but it is one of the biggest Mega Millions jackpots. To be more precise, the enormous jackpot delivered on January 22nd is the second largest prize in the entire Mega Millions history, below only another billion-dollar jackpot, the incredible $1.537 billion won in South Carolina on October 23, 2018, which is still the world’s largest lottery prize ever awarded on a single ticket.
Were there other Mega Millions jackpot winners from Michigan?
Michigan being one of the original founding members of Mega Millions, the state’s history with this multi-state lottery is long and dotted with amazing wins. This is the 18th Mega Millions jackpot won in Michigan over the years. Until January 22nd’s big win, the largest lottery prize ever won by a Michigan resident was a $337 million Powerball jackpot scooped by Donald Lawson, of Lapeer on August 15th 2012. The largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state previous to January 22nd 2021 was worth $208 million and it went to A Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, after the draw of April 22nd 2005.
Who is the luck $1 Billion-dollar winner?
The $1 billion winner or winners remains unknown for the moment and could remain that way for some time. Michigan Lottery officials said it is common for at least a few days, if not weeks or months, to pass before the claim is made as winners try to get their personal affairs in order. But, rest assured, we will know who the $1 Billion-dollar winner is as soon as he comes forward to claim the prize. The winner’s identity will be revealed as anonymity is not an option in the state of Michigan.
It has been hotly rumored on social media that a group of teachers won the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot. However, the Michigan Lottery officials were unable to confirm the rumors. The only available detail is that the lucky ticket was purchased at the Kroger, 47650 Grand River in Novi.
While we are all impatiently waiting to see who the lucky winner is, Mega Millions prizes keep rolling up. So, why not put in a ticket? You could be the next one to make the headlines as a jackpot winner.