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The second largest jackpot in Mega Millions lottery history of $1.35 billion dollars will go to a person who purchased the winning ticket from the Maine State Lottery.

The winning numbers drawn on Friday the 13th were: “30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and gold Mega Ball 14,” according to an article written by The Associated Press on NPR.org. The winner has not come forward to claim the jackpot yet, but this person beat the odds in a big way. Each ticket had a 1 in 302.6 million chance to win. This is the fourth time in Mega Millions history that the jackpot has exceeded one billion dollars. This is the first time the Maine State Lottery claims the jackpot victory. Per the AP article, this is the seventh time there has been a Mega Millions jackpot winner on Friday the 13th.

But there was more than just one grand prize winner from Friday night’s drawing. The AP website post reports that according to Mega Millions officials, there were more than 7 million winning tickets across all nine lottery tiers. “Beyond Maine’s jackpot, 14 tickets matched five white balls to claim the second-tier prize of $1 million. Four were sold in New York, two in California and one each in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.”

So, how does the grand prize winner claim over one billion dollars. Well, if this person wants the entire grand prize jackpot, they will accept the money in an annuity which will pay them annually in 29 installments. However, per the AP article, most grand prize jackpot winners prefer to take the reduced jackpot total, which is the quicker option. If Friday night’s winner chooses this option, they will receive the reduced amount of $724.6 million dollars. Not bad at all! Uncle Sam will take a hunk of that right off the top, and the winner will have to claim the income and pay taxes on it in April too.

Congratulations to the winner! We’re all envious.

 

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11 Places Close To Las Vegas To Buy A Lottery Ticket

It’s official. The Powerball jackpot is now the largest in United States history. It’s hard to believe but there was again no winner in Saturday’s drawing. The jackpot is now up to $1.9billion. The next drawing is tonight, and if someone wins, they’ll get the pot in thirty installments over the next 29 years.

Of course, many people who do win don’t want to wait for payments and instead choose to get paid all at once in a lump sum. Even though it’s significantly less money, it’s still amounts to just shy of $930million before taxes for tonight’s drawing. The chance of someone winning the jackpot tonight is one in 292.2 million. It’s hard to do because all six balls (five white balls and the Powerball red) have to be matched up with the lottery ticket.

The current jackpot smashes the record for largest jackpots ever. The previous record was made in 2016 when it was won and shared by three people, in California, Tennessee and Florida. And the last jackpot won in Powerball was on August 3 of this year. There have been 39 drawings since then with no winners. Powerball drawings are held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night. And the jackpot keeps growing until someone wins.

The odds of winning any prize at all is much better than winning the Powerball jackpot, at 1 in 24.9. That makes it worth the cost of a ticket for many. For Las Vegas residents though, it’s not as simple as just buying a ticket. Because our jurisdiction prevents us from selling lottery tickets, locals have to travel to surrounding cities to buy a ticket.

If you’re looking to get into tonight’s drawing, maybe consider getting a lottery ticket from one of these nearby cities. They’re all less than a 2-hour drive from Las Vegas (we used the station address on Durango as the starting point). Tonight’s drawing will be at 10:59 EST.

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

  • 1. The Lotto Store in Primm - 50 minutes

    the lotto store at primm

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

    This is one of the most-popular places for Vegas locals to go for a lottery ticket. Just factor in time to stand in those lines when you plan your trip!

  • Shell Gas Station & Country Store - 1 hour, 6 minutes

    Shell, 65845 Cima Rd, Nipton, CA 92364

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

    If you don’t want to wait in the Primm lines, you could drive another 17 minutes and get them at the Shell gas station in Nipton.

  • Last Stop Travel Center - 1 hour, 8 minutes

    Last Stop Travel Center, N Us Hwy 93, White Hills, AZ

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

    This is a popular place for Las Vegas locals to grab a ticket because it’s just 30 miles southeast of Hoover Dam. In May of 2021 this stop sold a Triple Twist jackpot lottery ticket worth over $665K (news3lv.com).

  • Grand Canyon Texaco in White Hills - 1 hour, 11 minutes

    Conoco, 19210 US-93, White Hills, AZ 86445

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

    Referred to as a Conoco on the map, this one is a quick 71 minutes away.

  • Charles Brown Market - 1 hour, 26 minutes

    Charles Brown Market, 712 CA-127, Shoshone, CA 92384

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

    A drive through Pahrump into Shoshone, California can get you a ticket at the Charles Brown Market. Maybe gets some peanuts while you’re there. 😉

  • Baker - 1 hour, 28 minutes

    Baker, CA

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

    There are lots of places is Baker, California that sell lottery tickets. And less than a 90 minute drive.

  • Dolan Station - 1 hour, 27 minutes

    Dolan Station, Pierce Ferry Road, Dolan Springs, AZ

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

    In Dolan Springs, Arizona.

  • Maverik Adventure's First Stop - 1 hour, 43 minutes

    Maverik Adventure's First Stop, 2612 Desert Foothills Dr, Bullhead City, AZ 86429

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

    In Bullhead City Arizona, this one is just a few minutes under a 2-hour drive.

  • Jeff’s River Mart - 1 hour, 46 minutes

    1901 AZ-95, Bullhead City, AZ 86442

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

    If Maverick’s in Bullhead City is too busy, there’s another stop close by. Bring a friend and divide and conquer!

  • Terrible Herbst in Bullhead City - 1 hour, 45 minutes

    1815 AZ-95, Bullhead City, AZ 86442

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

    Or bring two friends and divide and conquer.

  • Flying J Travel Center in Kingman - 1 hour, 54 minutes

    3300 E Andy Devine Ave, Kingman, AZ 86401

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

    And coming in at just under two hours is the Flying J in Kingman, Arizona.