A lucky winner is over a billion dollars richer after his six numbers tied Friday night’s Mega Million lottery draw.
A ticket purchased at a gas station outside of Chicago, Illinois was the sole winner of the $1.377 billion prize.
Despite the jackpot won elsewhere, several locals won big prizes in the draw.
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Two tickets purchased in North Carolina matched all five numbers to win $1 million. One winner picked up their ticket at an Adam’s Mart in south Charlotte, the other at a Shop N Save in Mooresville.
Fourteen other people across the state matched four numbers and the Mega Ball, including two who added the $1 Megaplier feature to double the $10,000 prize.
One $20,000 winning ticket was purchased at a Quality Mart in Statesville and the second was purchased in Beaufort County.
A ticket to a Circle K in Mineral Springs was the only local winner of the dozen that will take home $10,000.
Friday’s jackpot was the second-largest in Mega Millions history and the third-largest in US history, officials said.
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“This huge Mega Millions jackpot has been a lot of fun,” said Mark Michalko, Executive Director of the NC Education Lottery. “Every ticket sold in North Carolina raised more money for education this year.”
North Carolina lottery officials told Channel 9 on Thursday that ticket sales average about $1 million a day.
Channel 9 spoke to shoppers at Perry’s Market in Mint Hill on Thursday who dreamed of what they would do if they won.
“Definitely on a beach, definitely somewhere on the islands,” Zamari Ray said. “I will give some money to my family, but then I will disappear.”
“Oh god, I don’t know,” said another customer. “I know I could do a lot of good with this.”
The lucky winner from Illinois can claim their prize in regular installments or receive a lump sum worth $780.5 million.
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Some advisors say an annuity is the smart solution,
“In the past, most advisors would say just take the lump sum,” said Kurt Panouses, tax attorney and CPA. “We can still outperform the market.”
The odds of winning the jackpot were around one in 302 million, and if you bought multiple tickets, officials say the odds of winning didn’t improve much.
The lucky winners have 180 days to claim their prize.
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