Is Friday The 13th Your Lucky Day? $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot Drawing Tonight

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 Someone has finally won the Mega Millions jackpot – on a Friday the 13th, no less.

A lucky ticket sold in Maine matched Friday night's winning numbers to score the lottery game's estimated $1.35 billion grand prize.

Friday's prize is the second-biggest jackpot that Mega Millions has ever seen and fourth-largest across U.S. lottery history. The win also marks the first time that a Mega Millions jackpot has ever been won in Maine, according to Mega Millions. 

After no jackpot winner for 25 consecutive drawings, Mega Millions' top prize has climbed higher and higher in recent months. 

Friday's winner, whose name is not yet known, overcame the extremely slim odds of taking home the Mega Millions jackpot – which stand at about 1 in 302.6 million.

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To claim the full $1.35 billion, the winner would need to take the money in an annuity with annual payments over 29 years. Most jackpot recipients prefer the reduced but quicker cash option, which for Friday night’s drawing was an estimated $724.6 million.

Superstitious lottery players may also note that Friday’s drawing marked the seventh time there was a Mega Millions jackpot winner on a Friday the 13th.

Is Friday The 13th Your Lucky Day? $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot Drawing Tonight

Mega Millions winning numbers: Friday, 1/13/23

The winning numbers for Friday night's drawing were 30-43-45-46-61, Mega Ball: 14 and Megaplier was 2X.

Who won Mega Millions last night? Where was the ticket sold?

One lucky ticket sold in Maine matched all six numbers to win the estimated $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot Friday night, Mega Millions said. The winner's name is currently unknown.

The ticket was sold at Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, Maine, the Maine State Lottery said.

In addition to a jackpot winner, there were more than 7 million winning tickets sold across the lottery game's other prize tiers. Nationwide, 14 tickets matched all five white balls to win $1 million each, Mega Millions said.

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Four of the winning Match-5 tickets were sold in New York and two were sold in California. The rest came from Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

$1.35 billion jackpot won on Friday the 13th

Mega Millions' estimated $1.35 billion jackpot was won on Friday the 13th, which might catch the eye of some superstitious lottery players.

Friday's prize is the seventh Mega Millions jackpot that has been won on a Friday the 13th over the years, according to the lottery game.

Friday also marked seven years after three tickets split the then-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. On Jan. 13, 2016 (unfortunately a Wednesday, not a Friday), three winners cashed in on the $1.586 billion Powerball prize.

Mega Millions jackpot

What are the chances of winning Mega Millions?

A giant jackpot attracts a lot of players – but it's important to note that odds of taking home a Mega Millions top prize are extremely slim. Experts stress that people entering the lottery shouldn't buy more tickets than they can afford.

"Imagine you write the letters to 'Mega Millions' on individual pieces of paper, mix them up, and let your cat randomly select letters. Your cat is five times more likely to correctly spell 'Mega Millions' than you are to win," Matthew Kovach, an assistant professor of economics at Virginia Tech, told USA TODAY this week.

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Kovach added that you are also more likely to be struck by lightning twice in your lifetime than win the lottery.

  • The odds of winning the jackpot are 302,575,350 to 1. 
  • The odds to match all five white balls are 12,607,306 to 1. 

Largest lottery prizes in US history

  1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022: Won in California.
  2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee.
  3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina.
  4. $1.35 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 13: Won in Maine 
  5. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Won in Illinois.
  6. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan.
  7. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin.
  8. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts.
  9. $730 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland.
  10. $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California.

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 Texas Lottery® players will be testing their luck this Friday the 13th, as they play for an estimated annuitized $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest jackpot prize in game history and fourth largest in U.S. lottery history. According to Mega Millions, six prior Mega Millions jackpots have been won by out-of-state players on Friday the 13th. As of 1 p.m. today, current hourly sales per minute in Texas are $16,089.

The Friday, Jan. 13, 2023 drawing offers a cash value worth an estimated $724.6 million. If there is no jackpot winner for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing, the jackpot prize for the Tuesday, Jan. 17 drawing will roll to an estimated annuitized $1.62 billion.

The number 13 has been a lucky one for the Texas Lottery when it comes to the Mega Millions game. To date, there have been 13 Mega Millions jackpot prize winners in Texas Lottery history and in 2022, 13 Texas Lottery players won second-tier Mega Millions prizes of $1 million or larger.

“The Texas Lottery is hoping that at least one of our players has a lot of good luck this Friday the 13th and is fortunate enough to win the enormous Mega Millions jackpot prize that is up for grabs in tonight’s drawing,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “As this jackpot has grown over the last several weeks, sales for the game in Texas have been robust and we expect to see a strong sales pace in the hours leading up to tonight’s drawing. Playing for jackpot prizes like the one we’re currently seeing is exciting for lottery players, so we want to remind our players to play responsibly; it only takes one ticket to win. Also, if it appears that you have the jackpot-winning ticket after tonight’s drawing, we encourage you to sign the ticket, put it in a safe place, seek financial and legal advice and call the Texas Lottery to schedule an appointment to claim the prize.”

Friday’s drawing will be the 26th in the current Mega Millions jackpot run since starting as an estimated annuitized $20 million for the Oct. 18, 2022 drawing. This is the largest Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs since the Oct. 23, 2018 drawing when it reached an estimated $1.537 billion – the game’s largest jackpot prize, which was won by an out of state player.

Texas’ most recent Mega Millions jackpot winner came in September 2019 when a Leander resident won an estimated annuitized $227 million, the largest prize ever paid out to a single Texas Lottery player. During the current jackpot run, three Texas Lottery players have won second-tier Mega Millions prizes of $1 million or larger. A Whitesboro resident claimed a $3 million second-tier prize for the drawing held on Nov. 1, 2022. More recently, two second-tier prize winning tickets worth $1 million each were sold at the same retailer – Luck Zone, located at 1250 E. Palm Valley Blvd., in Round Rock – for the Dec. 20, 2022 and Jan. 3, 2023 drawings. Both of those prizes are yet to be claimed.

A second-tier Mega Millions prize worth $1 million from the July 29, 2022 drawing has yet to be claimed by a Texas Lottery player and will expire on Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. local time if not claimed by the deadline. The winning ticket for the unclaimed prize was sold at Fuel Maxx #47, located at 420 University Drive, in Prairie View. A winning ticket worth $1 million for the same drawing was sold in Plano and has recently been claimed.

Mega Millions is played by choosing five numbers from a field of 70 and one Mega Ball number from the second field of 25 numbers. To win the Mega Millions jackpot, players must match all six numbers drawn including the Mega Ball. Players matching fewer numbers may not win the jackpot, but could still walk away winners. Mega Millions currently offers a $20 million starting jackpot and a second-tier (Match 5+0) prize of $1 million. By choosing the Megaplier® feature for $1 more per Play, players can multiply their non-jackpot winnings by two, three, four or five times, winning as much as $5 million.

Drawings are broadcast each Tuesday and Friday at 10:12 p.m. CT. Texas Lottery players can purchase Mega Millions tickets at more than 20,000 Texas Lottery retailers across the state. Ticket sales for the next Mega Millions drawing will close at 9:45 p.m. CT on Friday, Jan. 13. The retailer that sells a jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket may be eligible to receive up to a $1 million retailer bonus.

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