Mega Millions: 1 winning ticket nabs $540 million jackpot!

Posted at 8:33 AM, Jul 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-09 08:34:12-04

NEW YORK – Friday’s drawing produced one winning ticket for the seventh largest lottery jackpot of all time: A $540 million Mega Millions.

Lottery officials announced a single winning ticket for the grand prize had been sold in Indiana. The numbers from Friday’s drawing were 8, 19, 20, 55, and 73. The mega ball was 5.

The lucky ticket holder, who has not yet come forward to claim their prize, has won the third largest Mega Millions pot in history.

It’s the seventh biggest prize in U.S. lottery history, surpassing an August 2013 Powerball prize of $448.4 million.

This is the third top-10 jackpot so far in 2016. In January, there were three winning tickets for a $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot — by far the largest in history — and a player in New Jersey won a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot in May.

As with all top Powerball and Mega Millions prizes, the full $540 million sticker price of Friday’s jackpot will only be paid out if all the winners opt to receive their winnings in 30 annual installments. The cash value of the top prize is $380 million.