A ticket bought in a Chicago suburb won the Mega Millions jackpot of $1.337 billion. A single ticket beat the enormous odds against winning.
One ticket winning the jackpot was sold at Speedway gas station and convenience store in Des Plaines, according to megamillions.com.
The numbers 13, 36, 45, 57, and 67 were winners, along with the Mega Ball number 14.
Lotteries in 45 states, including Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands play Mega Millions. The game is managed by these state lotteries.
Emilia Mazur, spokesperson for the Illinois Lottery, said that most winners of more than $250,000 choose not to reveal their names. Illinois is one of the states where that is an option.
No one had won the lottery since April 15. That was 29 draws total, making the jackpot the third-largest in the country. The prize amount grew so large because none of the six numbers were matched.
Just over a week ago, the Eurojackpot was emptied and went to Baden-Württemberg as well as Lithuania. Last Friday (January 28), the new jackpot phase of the European lottery began with a starting sum of 10 million euros – and this pot has also already been cleared.
A lucky man from Slovenia picked the numbers 5-21-23-29-35 and the two Euro numbers 7 and 9 and hit the jackpot. As he was the only person to have picked these winning numbers on his ticket, the lucky winner will now receive EUR 11,134,617.00. This is the third time that a Eurojackpot jackpot has gone to Slovenia. In 2014, a Slovenian already received 28.2 million euros.
The amount of money in the second prize category is also impressive: Two players from Lower Saxony and Hesse, who missed one of the two Euro numbers, became “almost millionaires”. They thus landed a hit in prize category 2 and will each receive 918,000 euros.
For someone in Doorn, the new year started very well. There, the first prize of the State Lottery was won and someone is now 30 million richer in one fell swoop. The winner can only report tomorrow, because the customer service of the State Lottery is still closed today. That a New Year’s Eve lottery is a tradition for many people was also evident this year. No less than 7.1 million people bought a lottery ticket, of which 3.4 million bought a whole lottery ticket and 4.7 million bought a half lottery ticket. Yet the chance of winning the first prize is very small, we calculated.
The winning ticket has the combination FF 41849. The winner had a whole lottery ticket and bought it online. The prize is therefore automatically credited to the bank account number provided. That is the standard procedure for lottery tickets bought online.
There were no more million prizes to be won, but in Dieren, Hellevoetsluis, Borne, Coevorden and Tilburg, tickets were sold that won a prize of 100,000 euros.
The lottery also organises a so-called millionaire’s dinner every year. “For this we invite people who have won big prizes in the past. They can then talk to each other about it, because only other winners can understand what happened to you, also because many people like to remain anonymous.
In the United States, all lottery winnings and casino games winners are subject to Federal taxation (automatically reported to the Internal Revenue Service if the win is at least $600); many smaller jurisdictions also levy taxes. The IRS requires a minimum withholding of 25% of the prize (minus the wager) of any gambling win in excess of $5,000. However, the net for a major jackpot winner often is misleading; winners often pay additional to the IRS when they file their returns. U.S. lotto winners are taxed at the highest percentage; any winnings above $600.00 are taxed at 30%.
All lump-sum prizes listed below are reported as the pre-withholdings amount, as this is income the player “earned” and must report on their returns to be subject to taxation. Jackpot amounts are reported as the advertised annuity.
For various reasons, an annuity jackpot can have a higher cash value than a larger annuity with a lower cash value. Examples include the annuity structure of various games: while Mega Millions’ and Powerball’s annuity option each are 30 annual payments, Mega Millions’ annuity payments increase 5 percent yearly, while Powerball’s increase 4 percent yearly; this makes the Mega Millions’ annuity structure slightly more inflated.
A Northern Ireland resident was found dead in her home on Thursday morning. The woman won Northern Ireland’s biggest ever jackpot eight years ago, but the money did not make her particularly happy. Money has destroyed my life”, she once said in an interview. Loughrey’s life has not always been a bed of roses. The woman was in a difficult time when she bought the lottery ticket in 2013; she was out of work and living on unemployment benefits. But one day, after visiting a job fair, she bought a lottery ticket on a whim that changed her life completely. Loughrey won the biggest jackpot ever won in Northern Ireland of a whopping £27 million.
Police found Loughrey’s body in her modest home in the Irish village of Strabane on Wednesday morning. The circumstances in which she was found were not suspicious. Police are investigating the cause of death.
In last night’s Eurojackpot draw two big prizes were won in the Netherlands. The players bought the winning tickets from the Cigo in Scheveningen and from the Cigo De Posthoorn in Amstelveen. They won €115,668.60 each. The lucky winners are being urged to take their winning lottery tickets to the Dutch Lottery, which owns Eurojackpot. The prize is a gross amount and the winners will still have to pay gambling tax on this amount. The identity of the prize winners will not be disclosed.
What were the winning numbers?
In the Eurojackpot draw the numbers 46 – 31 – 39 – 4 – 43 and the bonus numbers 4 – 1 were drawn. The Dutch winners got the first five numbers right. Two players from Poland and Finland got all the numbers right and share the €90 million jackpot. This means that on Friday 20 August the jackpot will reach an expected amount of 10 million euros.