Lebanon, Maine — where the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold — is a small “woody introvert” town of just over 6,000 residents near New Hampshire

Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, Maine

Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, MaineHometown Gas & Grill/Facebook

  • Maine just sold its first Mega Millions ticket for a whopping $1.35 billion.

  • The ticket was sold at a gas station in the small town of Lebanon.

  • “This is the best place to live if you’re retired or looking for a place to get away from society,” says a former resident.

A gas station in Lebanon, Maine, on Friday sold the $1.35 billion Mega Millions winning ticket, the first ever sold in the state and the fourth-largest jackpot in US history.

While the winner has yet to be determined, the small town of Lebanon — on the Maine-New Hampshire border and home to just over 6,400 residents as of the 2020 census — is in an unfamiliar spotlight.

According to Niche, a website that offers research on potential places to live and work, Lebanon is mostly a mix of suburban and rural areas, and one former resident said it’s best known as “the place for woody introverts.”

“There’s not much nearby, but it’s a quiet little town in Maine,” they wrote on the website. “This is the best place to live if you are retired or looking for a retreat from society”

Outside of the city itself, Lebanese Hometown Gas & Grill, where the winning ticket was sold, has a moment.

“Lebanon is in the news (for good reasons),” the company wrote on its Facebook page on Saturday. “Thank you for all the support from our customers. We’re anxiously waiting to see if it’s someone we see regularly around town who has won a whopping $1.3 BILLION DOLLAS.”

The winning numbers were 30, 43, 45, 46 and 61 and the golden Mega Ball was 14.

Hometown Gas & Grill owner Fred Cotreau told Fox Business he didn’t initially believe his company actually sold the ticket when he received a call from the Maine State Lottery on Saturday.

“This morning at 6 o’clock [there was an] Augusta, Maine, ID on my phone,” he said. “At first I thought it was a scam. I figured next he would ask me for a gift card.”

A gas station employee told Fox Business in similar disbelief: “I was like, ‘Is that true?'”

Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, Maine

Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, Maine.Hometown Gas & Grill/Facebook

The jackpot reached $1.35 billion after growing in size since the last win in November 2022 when a Californian hit the $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot.

Prizes from Friday’s Mega Millions ticket represent more than half of the total $2.2 billion in prizes paid out in the Maine Lottery’s 40-year history. So far, prizes in the state have ranged from 50 cents to $9.1 million, according to the Maine Lottery website.

A total of 1,250 retailers sell lottery products in the state, and each business receives commissions and bonuses under the Maine Lottery.

Cotreau told Fox Business he wasn’t sure his company would receive money for the sale of the winning ticket, but said he “just wants the winner to be generous with the cashier who sold him the ticket.” .

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