$450 million Mega Millions winning ticket sold in Florida

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In total, the Mega Millions drawing for Friday saw 21 million tickets sold according to CBS News. Eastern time were 28, 30, 39, 59, 70 and Gold Mega Ball 10.

"Congratulations to Florida on their big jackpot win", said Mega Millions Lead Director and Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. Numbers will be drawn Saturday night for the seventh-largest jackpot in USA history - $570 million before taxes.

The victor has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize and only 60 days to claim the prize as a lump sum of $281.2 million.

Ahead of the drawing, Mega Millions players rushed out to snap up tickets, some in areas facing frigid temperatures after a Northeast snowstorm.

Saturday night is the Powerball drawing, with an estimated prize of $570 million.

The winning numbers drawn Friday just after 11 p.m.

That would be the fifth-largest jackpot in that game's history. Powerball has odds of 1 in 292.2 million. Most winners opt for cash options, which would be $358.5 million for Powerball.

Both games are played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico participates in Powerball. One Virginia ticket is worth $1 million, lottery officials announced Saturday morning.

Americans spent $80.5 billion on lottery games past year, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

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