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Lucky player wins Mega Millions jackpot, the 8th highest jackpot in game history

Iowa woman forgot she had bought a Powerball ticket, later found out she won $343.9 million

Lerynne West of Redfield, Iowa, won a $343.9 million Powerball jackpot, becoming the largest winner Iowa's history.
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Lerynne West of Redfield, Iowa, won a $343.9 million Powerball jackpot, becoming the largest winner Iowa's history.

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Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is estimated to be $425 million, which is the eighth highest jackpot in the history of the game, according to CNN.

A winning ticket was purchased in Long Island, New York. It matched all the numbers to win the $425 million Mega Millions jackpot —57, 70, 34, 62, 44, and a gold Mega Ball of 14.

The jackpot grew after nobody won Friday’ drawing. Six tickets in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing matched the five numbers, but not the Mega Ball, according to reports. Those six tickets are worth $1 million each.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, including Illinois, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The cost of a ticket is $2.

The odds of winning are 1 in 302 million.

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referendums.


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