Tuesday is a special day for Mega Millions players. One of them has the chance to win millions and sometimes even billions of dollars. The winning odds are low, but a big win from South Carolina shows it’s definitely possible. What’s more: a player won the Jackpot of 1.537 billion dollars, or 878 million dollars in cash! It was one of the 15,750,013 winning tickets on Tuesday night.
Absolute record 1,6 billion Dollar
October 23 is a date that Mega Millions and the new billionaire from South Carolina will never forget. The numbers that appeared during the draw matched with the ticket numbers 5,28, 62, 65 and 70 and the Mega Ball 5. The former Mega Millions record of 656 million dollars dating back to March 2012 was smashed, and so did the amazing Powerball prize of 1.586 billion dollars in January 2016.
Many Mega Million Jackpots
When there’s no Mega Millions Jackpot hit, the prize pool increases. This is known as the ‘roll-over’. No Jackpot hit took place from July 24 till October, so you can imagine the main prize became historically high. It actually took 26 draws before the billion dollar Jackpot fell. Back in July a pool of eleven co-workers from California shared a prize of 543 million dollars. The following Mega Million Jackpots have been won as well:
• January 5: 451 million dollars in Florida
• March 30: 533 million dollars in New Jersey
• May 4: 142 million dollars in Ohio
Second prizes and Megaplier
The Jackpot is obviously the most important prize, but there have been amazing second prize tickets as well. In total 36 prizes were won because of matches with the five white balls on Tuesday. Four winners came from Florida and New York, two from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, Michigan and North Carolina, one from Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arozina and the District of Columbia and eight from California. One winner from Florida and one winner from Texas both had the so-called ‘Megaplier’, which means that the prize money is doubled 2 or more times. As a result, their tickets became worth 3 million dollars.
Winning the third prize of 10.000 dollars is great news for a lottery player as well. It happened to 419 players with four white balls plus the Mega Ball. For fifty-one of them, the prize was doubled 3 times because of the Megaplier. We bet they can do a lot of nice stuff with 30.000 dollars. Since July 2018, a total amount of 50.2 million winning tickets at different prize levels were sold. 85 of them were worth 1 million dollars or more. Incredible!
Are you inspired by the numbers and winners above? Then buy a ticket for Mega Millions online or in a store. After the win in October the Jackpot has been reset to it’s starting value of 40 million dollars, 22.8 million in cash to be precisely, more than enough to live happily ever after!