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Friday’s winning Mega Millions numbers for $1 billion jackpot

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Hordes of lottery players are hoping Mega Millions delivered a billion-dollar baby.

Friday night’s winning numbers were 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 and Mega Ball 24.

The jackpot for the multistate lottery has ballooned to a gargantuan $1 billion after 36 consecutive drawings have failed to produce a Mega winner.

“We know that players love big jackpots, and when the numbers are this big, it becomes a national phenomenon,” explained Maryland Lottery Director Gordon Medenica. “Everyone wants to dream about what they would do if they won.”

As for why no one has emerged victorious since Sept. 15, 2020, the one-in-302,575,350 odds — in which players must correctly match the five regular numbers — ranging from one to 70 — and the Mega Millions ball, which runs from one to 25 — is the key factor.

One potential billionaire in Cranberry Township, Pa., holds her Mega Million tickets. © Keith Srakocic One potential billionaire in Cranberry Township, Pa., holds her Mega Million tickets.

One potential billionaire in Cranberry Township, Pa., holds her Mega Million tickets. (Keith Srakocic/)


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By comparison, the chances of being struck by lightning is about 600 times more likely than claiming a Mega Millions jackpot with one ticket. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tab the lightning odds at about one in 500,000.

Despite the $1 billion jackpot, players selecting the lump-cash option will actually receive $739.6 million, according to USA Mega.

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If a New Yorker wins the lottery, he or she can expect a grand prize of $394,834,408 with the cash option after taxes. Choosing the annuity, which is paid in 30 annual installments, will net the victor approximately $17.5 million per year on average for a total of $534,877,830 once the final payment arrives in 2050, according to the lottery agency.

After more than four months of no grand winners, a Powerball ticket for Wednesday’s drawing worth a cool $731.1 million was identified.

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