He paid two dollars and won $1.35 billion!

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US Lottery Jackpot/Reuters
US Lottery Jackpot/Reuters

The organizers of the American “Mega Millions” lottery announced that a citizen from the state of Maine won a prize worth $ 1.35 billion, in the second largest amount won in the lottery in history, according to what was reported by the American network CNN , Saturday, January 14, 2024.

The winning ticket for the $1.35 billion grand prize was sold in the Lebanon region of the rural town of Maine. It is a single ticket, and the second largest jackpot in US history. The price of the ticket is two dollars, and its numbers matched all six winning numbers.

The owner of the American lottery ticket has not yet been determined, and he has two options: either pay immediately, and then the prize will be reduced to $ 723.5 million due to taxes, or divide the amount over 30 years and pay it in the form of annual compensation.

As the proprietor of “Hometown Gas & Grill” put it: “This is a small rural community. We don’t know who’s won yet, but we’re eagerly awaiting to see if one our own takes home the prize” – BBC

In their statement , the organizers said : “Once again, Friday the 13th was a lucky day for the Big Millionaire! The Maine lottery ticket holder will celebrate a very happy New Year after being the only one whose six winning ticket numbers matched the ones he drew on Friday night. “.

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