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For the fourth time in the 20-year history of the Mega Millions® game, the jackpot has surpassed the $1 billion mark after there was no winner in last night’s drawing. If the $1.025 billion jackpot is won, and the winner chooses the cash option, the lump sum payment would be $602.5 million. 

According to Rhode Island Lottery, someone in Rhode Island won $30,000 in last night’s Mega Millions® drawing. The ticket matched four out of five numbers, plus the Mega Ball number, to win the standard payout of $10,000.  However, since the Megaplier® feature was added to the wager, the prize was tripled to $30,000 when the 3 multiplier was drawn for last night’s drawing.  The winning ticket was purchased at Dave’s Marketplace, 2077 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland.  The ticket has yet to be claimed.

Mega Millions® drawings are on Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $2, and the Megaplier® option is an additional $1.  The deadline to purchase Mega Millions® tickets is 9:50 p.m. on drawing nights.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.