Powerball: A ticket sold in Michigan wins a jackpot of $842.2 million



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A ticket sold in Michigan matched all six numbers to win an estimated $842.2 million jackpot during Monday night's New Year's Eve drawing.

The winner rings in the new year as a millionaire Powerball said in a report that it has the option to pay a lump sum of approximately $425.2 million before taxes New release.

Monday's winning numbers were 12, 21, 42, 44, 49 and Powerball 1.

Ticket sales pushed the jackpot beyond its previous estimate of $810 million, making it the fifth-largest Powerball jackpot and the 10th-largest U.S. lottery prize ever won, according to Powerball.

“This was also the first time the Powerball jackpot was won on New Year's Day since the game's inception in 1992,” Powerball said in a press release.

The Powerball jackpot has grown after weeks of no jackpot winners.

In addition to the grand prize winner, several tickets matched the first five numbers to win big prizes on Monday.

Tickets in California, Connecticut, Florida and Maryland won $1 million each. Two other tickets, sold in Texas and Florida, received $2 million in prizes because the tickets included a Power Play feature, according to the Powerball website.

“What an amazing start to the New Year for Powerball!” Powerball's Drew Svetko said. “In addition to our grand prize winner, there are hundreds of charitable causes supported by the US Lottery that will receive additional funding from this grand prize. Thank you to our players for making this possible! Happy New Year!”

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The last time the jackpot was won was on October 11, when a ticket from California brought in a staggering $1.76 billion. The ticket was sold at Midway Market & Liquor in Frazier Park, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles, according to the California Lottery.

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So far, no one has come forward to claim their prize, and they have one year from October 11 to do so. If no one comes forward, the money will go to California public schools, according to Carolyn Baker, a spokeswoman for the state lottery.

The odds of winning any prize at all are 1 in 24.9, while the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

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