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US lottery ticket wins $1 billion jackpot

A lucky Michigan lottery player holds the winning ticket for a jackpot of more than $US1 billion, the third-largest lottery prize in US history.

The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since September, when it was reset to $20 million.

The winning ticket was purchased at a Kroger store in Detroit, the Michigan Lottery said.

“Someone in Michigan woke up to life-changing news this morning” said Rachel Hurst, a regional spokeswoman for the grocery chain.

The odds of winning the jackpot were incredibly steep, at one in 302.5 million.

The full jackpot of $US1.05 billion ($A1.36 billion) will be paid if the winner opts for an annuity, paid in 30 annual instalments.

Most winners choose a cash prize, which for the Mega Millions game would be…

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