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New Jersey Lottery Winner Takes $1.12Billion Jackpot – The Eighth Biggest In US Lottery History

James Chittick

A very lucky New Jersey lottery winner has taken home an incredible $1.12Billion Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday night.

The winner has the option of claiming the prize in full, spread over 30 years, or taking a lump cash payment of $537.5Million.

Beating odds of 302.6 million to one, the as-yet-unnamed winner’s numbers were 7, 11, 22, 29, 38 and 4.

Hitting the jackpot broke a winless streak that had created a mega-rollover stretching all the way back to December 8.

The win is the eighth-largest lottery prize in US history, though huge prizes are part of the draw on these games.

Having such a long drought of jackpots is by design more than chance. These games have extremely long odds in order to build massive prizes and generate increased sales and interest.

New Jersey Lottery Winner Able To Stay Anonymous

The winner will be able to avoid the spotlight if they choose. This is because New Jersey is one of 16 states where lottery winners can stay anonymous.

Forty-five states play the Mega Millions, as well as Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. But a new study found Delaware has the highest proportion of lottery winners in any US state.

Lottery Geeks analyzed the number of Powerball and Mega Million winners in every US state, compared with their total population.

Delaware topped the list with ten Powerball winners from a population of 989,948. That equates to 10.1 winners for every million residents.

But with no Mega Millions winners, the total proportion of lottery winners is 5.05 per million. The study did not however address if a state had more lottery players, as data is unavailable.

Delaware was followed by New Hampshire, with 11 Powerball winners from a population of 1,377,529 – eight winners per million residents.

Third was Rhode Island, with 7.29 winners per million. Indiana took fourth, with the highest number of total winners at 39. Its 1,097,379 population gives a chance of 5.75 per million of hitting the jackpot.

Closing out the top ten was: Missouri, Nebraska, West Virginia, Kansas, Minnesota and Kentucky. Data for the study was sourced from the lottery and US census figures.

James Chittick
James Chittick