Friday 30 September 2016

£416m Mega Millions jackpot scooped in US

Published 09/07/2016 | 16:21

The Mega Millions jackpot was 540 million dollars (AP)
The Mega Millions jackpot was 540 million dollars (AP)

A Mega Millions lottery jackpot worth an estimated 540 million dollars (£416 million) has been won by one lucky ticket-holder in the US.

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The sole jackpot-winning ticket in Friday night's Mega Millions draw was sold in Indiana, said Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty.

The consortium of lottery organisations that runs Mega Millions said a ticket matching all five white balls and the yellow ball would win an estimated 540 million dollars.

The winning numbers were white balls 8-19-20-55-73 and yellow ball five.

An estimated one billion dollars' worth (£772 million) of tickets have been sold since the last jackpot-winning ticket was drawn in early March. It was the longest Mega Millions run without a winner.

Tickets are sold in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.

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