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Lakmoa Island Investments wins $1.35-billion Mega Millions

Who owns Lakoma Island Investments LLC?

Lakoma Island Investments. That’s all we know. The person behind that entity remains anonymous.

In February, someone in Maine became a billionaire -well technically they did not- because they chose the one time lump sum payment of $723-million. Still not a bad payday for someone.

What we do know is that Hometown Gas and Grill in Lebanon, Maine sold the ticket and was awarded a $50,000 bonus for doing so.

The odds of winning the prize were one in 302.6-million.

“We congratulate the winner of the Mega Millions jackpot and wish them all the best as they consider how to best use their recent winnings,” Michael Boardman, director of the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, said in a statement.

History of Mega Millions

The Mega Millions jackpot has its roots in the American lottery tradition. Its history dates back to 1996 when it was introduced as “The Big Game.” The first drawing for The Big Game took place on September 6, 1996, in six states: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia. The game’s concept involved players selecting five main numbers from a set of 50 and an additional number from a set of 25, known as the “Big Money Ball.”

In 2002, the game was rebranded as “Mega Millions” to reflect its larger jackpots and broader geographic reach. More states joined the consortium, expanding the game’s availability and player base. This change also brought about an increase in the size of the jackpot prizes.

Mega Millions gained significant attention in 2012 when it achieved a world record for the largest lottery jackpot at the time. In March 2012, three winning tickets shared a $656 million prize, generating widespread media coverage and public interest. This historic jackpot solidified Mega Millions’ reputation as a major player in the lottery industry.

Over the years, Mega Millions continued to evolve, adjusting its format to create larger jackpots and offer more frequent opportunities for players to win smaller prizes. The game’s popularity continued to grow, with players from various states participating in the hope of hitting the life-changing jackpot.

The structure of the game typically involves drawings held twice a week, with players selecting five main numbers and one Mega Ball number. The jackpot accumulates and rolls over if there is no winner, leading to increasingly massive prizes. The largest jackpots in Mega Millions history have often captured the attention of the public and the media, contributing to the game’s ongoing success.

Throughout its history, Mega Millions has played a role in creating numerous millionaires and fulfilling dreams of financial security for winners. The game’s frequent presence in news stories and pop culture has cemented its status as one of the most prominent and recognizable lottery games in the United States.

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