A winning $476 million Mega Millions ticket was sold in New York City. It's the 13th largest prize in the game's history

A winning $476 million Mega Millions ticket was sold in New York City. It's the 13th largest prize in the game's history
Mega Millions sing and lottery tickets are seen at a store in Burlingame, California, United States on December 23, 2022. Today's Mega Millions jackpot hits $510 million.Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
  • A New York City store sold the winning $476 million Mega Millions jackpot ticket Friday.
  • The win counts at the 13th largest in the lottery's history.

One lucky person bought a winning Mega Millions $476 million jackpot lottery ticket in Queens on Friday, lottery officials said.

The $476 million jackpot comes just under two months after someone in Maine won a $1.35 billion jackpot and five months a Californian snagged the largest ever lotto prize — a $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot in November 2022.

If it seems like the jackpots just keep getting bigger and bigger, that's because they are. Nine of the ten largest, eye-popping lotto winnings have all happened since 2017, according to The Associated Press.

Friday's $476 million win is the 13th largest in Mega Millions history and the largest-ever jackpot win in the month of April.

Two other winning tickets were sold Friday in Indiana and Massachusetts, each which matched five numbers to win $1 million. Four other tickets matched four numbers plus the Mega Ball to win $20,000, according to Mega Millions.


The endlessly increasing jackpots are likely due to recent rule changes made by the governing bodies of both Powerball and Mega Millions that decreased players' odds of winning big.

This jackpot, which ran for more than 10 weeks, featured nearly 14.2 million winning tickets at all prize levels.

In October 2015, Powerball bumped the number of balls inside the spinning tumbler by 10, lowering the odds of winning the jackpot from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million.

Two years later, Mega Millions officials followed suit, lowering jackpot odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million, the game's website says.

Both organizations said the changes were intended to increase the odds of winning any prize while decreasing the chances of winning the main prize.


While the odds of striking gold remain slim to none, any miraculous winners would be wise to hire a lawyer immediately.