In the United States, the multi-state Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games were reportedly hit over the weekend to award a pair of lucky players with cash prizes totaling over $1 billion.
According to a report from the Associated Press news service, the Mega Millions game, which can be enjoyed by players in 44 states along with those in the United States Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, was hit on Friday evening for $450 million by one unidentified player that had bought their ticket at a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Florida city of Port Richey.
The news service reported that the Pasco County retailer is now set to bank a $100,000 windfall for selling the lucrative ticket before detailing that the odds for taking down Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot had equated to one in 302.5 million.
As if this wasn’t enough to set the tongues of American lottery player wagging, the very next day reportedly saw one unidentified New Hampshire player beat odds of one in 292.2 million to correctly predict the numbers for the 44-state Powerball game and collect an even more lucrative jackpot worth $559.7 million.
The Associated Press reported that the winning Powerball ticket was sold at Reeds Ferry Market the town of Merrimack, which is located approximately 25 miles south of the city of Concord, while the lottery jackpot is due to be the eighth-largest ever awarded in the United States.
Sam Safa, owner of the 100-year-old Reeds Ferry Market, reportedly told the news service that he was ‘very excited and overwhelmed’ to have sold the winning Powerball ticket as his store is now due to collect a $75,000 bonus.
“We are looking forward to meeting New Hampshire’s latest big winner; someone woke up a multi-millionaire this morning,” Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director for the New Hampshire Lottery, reportedly told the Associated Press.