There had been no winner in 23 straight drawings; a $42 million prize was shared by winners in Michigan and Rhode Island after the Oct. 13 drawing, lottery officials said. Friday night’s winner won the fourth-largest jackpot in the history of Mega Millions.
The winner will have the option of a $450 million annuity over 29 years or a lump-sum payment of $281 million, lottery officials said.
"Congratulations to Florida on their big jackpot win," Mega Millions Lead Director and Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica said in a news release. "This has been an exciting run for Mega Millions players and a great way to start off the new year! But it's not over yet. We're looking forward to Saturday's $570 million Powerball jackpot. Good luck, everyone!"