Florida purchaser bought Mega Millions jackpot ticket

Mega Millions - Big Mega Millions jackpot winner in Florida!

A "Power Play" option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1. The Florida Lottery says the winning ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Port Richey.

Powerball drawings take place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com.

The $450 million jackpot was the fourth largest in the game's history.

The identity of the victor was not immediately available, although the victor can not remain anonymous under Florida law.

The winner's name, city of residence and details on the winnings can be made public; however, the winner's home address and telephone numbers are to be kept "confidential". More than 21 million tickets were sold for all the prizes.

The victor has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize and only 60 days to claim the prize as a lump sum of $281.2 million.

If a MI player wins Saturday's $570 million jackpot, it would be the largest Powerball prize won in the state. The draw is to be made on Saturday night.

That would be the fifth-largest jackpot in that game's history.

"When the jackpots reach these levels, everyone starts to daydream about what they would do if they won", Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director, said in a statement.

Check your Mega Millions ticket, again!

The jackpot resets to its new starting value of $40 million ($25 million cash) for the next drawing on Tuesday, January 9. Powerball has odds of 1 in 292.2 million. Powerball adds Puerto Rico.

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



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