US News Two ticket holders take $1bn double jackpot

15:21  07 january  2018
15:21  07 january  2018 Source:   Sky News

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Two ticket holders have won more than $ 1 bn in the two main US lottery draws. Instead of opting for the publicised jackpot figure, which is paid in an annuity over 29 years, most lottery victors choose to take a lump sum instead.

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The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $656m © Getty The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $656m Two ticket holders have won more than $1bn in the two main US lottery draws.

All six numbers on a Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire were a match. Its owner can now claim $570m (£420m).

The victorious player has beaten odds of 292.2 million to one. The winning numbers drawn on Saturday night were 12, 29, 30, 33 and 61. The Powerball was 26.

A Powerball lottery ticket © Reuters A Powerball lottery ticket Meanwhile in the Mega Millions draw, the winning ticket, again matching all six numbers, was sold at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Port Richey, Florida.

Its owner, who chose numbers 28, 30, 39, 59, 70 and 10 can now claim a jackpot of $450m (£331m). They have beaten odds of 302.5 million to one.

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Two competing American lotteries - Powerball and Mega Millions - have a combined jackpot of over $ 1 bn (£ The Powerball draw, which takes place on Saturday, has its fifth-largest jackpot , standing at 0m (£420m). Euromillions result: £168m rollover prize goes to single ticket holder in Spain.

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The winner, who under Florida law cannot remain anonymous, has 180 days from the date of the draw to claim the money.

If the same person were to win both jackpots they would take home over $1b © Reuters If the same person were to win both jackpots they would take home over $1b While the winner's name, place of residence and winnings can be made public, their address and phone numbers are kept private.

A $100,000 bonus will be paid to the retailer.

The Mega Millions win is the fourth largest jackpot in the game's history, and the 10th largest in US lottery history.

The largest Powerball jackpot to date was a $1.6bn (£1.2bn), split three ways in January 2016.

Slideshow: 20 lottery winners who lost every penny (Business Insider)

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While buying a ticket may seem tempting, the numbers suggest that it almost certainly isn't worth it.

But even if it does pan out, winning the lottery will not solve all of life's problems.

In fact, many people's lives became notably worse after they hit the jackpot, as you can see from the following cautionary tales.

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The two lotteries had gone months without a jackpot winner and the chance of a big win encouraged eager punters to queue outside convenience stores to buy the $2 (£1.50) tickets.

Shop assistant Kaushik Chitalia said: "There are some people coming in the store and they say, like, 'We are buying the big dream'."

Customer Martin Turk from Richmond, Texas, said: "I don't normally do it, but this is just... I felt it today. Something told me to go buy a ticket."

Most winners do not take the maximum amount of cash.

Instead of opting for the publicised jackpot figure, which is paid in an annuity over 29 years, most lottery victors choose to take a lump sum instead.

The cash payout for the Powerball draw will be around $358.5m (£264m), while the Mega Millions lump sum is around $281m (£207m).

Whichever option the lucky winners choose, the US taxman will do very well, taking around 37% of the winnings.

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