US lottery player has won the $1.58 billion Mega Millions jackpot

A winning ticket in Florida matched all of the numbers to win the $1.58 billion (£1.18 billion) Mega Millions jackpot, the third largest in US history.

The winning ticket was purchased in a grocery in Neptune Beach, Florida, near Jacksonville.

The lucky draw follows 31 consecutive drawings since the previous Mega Millions winning ticket was purchased on April 18 in New York.

The chances of winning the jackpot are one in 300 million.

The winning numbers were 13, 19, 20, 32, and 33, with a gold "mega ball" of 14 as the bonus.

The winner's identity has not yet been revealed. Winners of $250,000 or more are excluded from public disclosure for 90 days from the moment the award is claimed, according to Florida law.

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However, the Florida Lottery is required to provide their name, place of residence, and winning amount to any third party who asks for it.

Street addresses and phone numbers are kept private.

The entire payout of $1.58 billion is available to winners who choose an annuity, which means the money is distributed over the course of 30 years.

Winners who want to collect their rewards in one single amount will receive an estimated $783 million. In many locations in the United States, the money is subject to federal and state taxes.

The prize is one of the most significant in US history.

In November, a winning Powerball ticket sold in Altadena, near Los Angeles, netted a record-breaking $2.04 billion prize for a local resident.

In January 2016, another $1.586 billion award was distributed to three winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee.

Mega Millions tickets are available for $2 in 45 US states, Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands.

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