Mega Millions $450M jackpot-winning ticket sold in Florida


The identity of the ticket holder or holders was not announced by lottery officials.

Ahead of the drawing, the jackpot reached an estimated $450 million.

The two jackpots together topped $1 billion after going months without a victor.

If a MI player wins Saturday's $570 million jackpot, it would be the largest Powerball prize won in the state.

The total of the two lotteries is the third largest in the history of the games.

The winning ticket in the latest Mega Millions drawing was sold in Florida.

"There's definitely more traffic", Lenard said.

The average American spends about $200 a year on lottery tickets, although residents of some states spend far more.

The 7-Eleven that sold the ticket will get $100,000 commission. Powerball adds Puerto Rico. This pales to the record $1.586 billion prize that was won one year ago and split by winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee.

In 2013, an 84-year-old Zephyrhills woman was the victor of the largest single jackpot in American lottery history, valued at $590.6 million.

But the $570 million Powerball jackpot is still up for grabs. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. The cash option for Saturday's jackpot is about $359 million. However, to elect the one-time, lump-sum cash payment option for $281.2 million the claim must be filed within 60 days, according to lottery officials.

Saturday's $570 million jackpot is the fifth-largest Powerball jackpot and the seventh-largest US lottery jackpot.