One person matched all the numbers on the Friday night(7/29/22) drawing.   Mega Millions Mania definitely took over as MM the website crashed just after 10 pm central time on Friday night and stayed down for about 15 minutes.  As the website came back users were put in a  virtual waiting room. The website displayed this message: We are experiencing a high volume of traffic and using a virtual queue to limit the amount of users on the website at the same time. This will ensure you have the best possible online experience.

A lucky ticket-holder in, not in Texas, but in Illinois will be celebrating summer as the latest winner of a billion-dollar lottery jackpot. One ticket matched all six numbers in the July 29 drawing – the white balls 13, 36, 45, 57 and 67, plus the gold Mega Ball 14 – to win the prize of $1.337 billion ($780.5 million cash). The final value was higher than the estimate based on actual sales. It’s the second largest jackpot in the 20-year history of the game, topped only by the $1.537 billion won in South Carolina on October 23, 2018.

The Mega Millions jackpot has now reset to $20 million.for Tuedays's jackpot!  Which is still a good chunk of change.

 

 

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE TOP TEN JACKPOTS TO DATE:

Amount Date Winning Tickets

$1.537 billion 10/23/2018

$1.337 billion 7/29/2022
$1.050 billion 1/22/2021
$656 million
$648 million 12/17/2013
$543 million 7/24/2018
$536 million 7/8/2016
$533 million 3/30/2018
$522 million 6/7/2019

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NOW TO COLLECT...

The big question - take the lump sum or get paid for thirty years...

  • Lump sum: $500 million or so is your take home after taxes. That's right Uncle Sam takes about $113 million when you choose this option. There's also a 37% top marginal tax rate which translates to more money owed on April 15th. PRO: You can get all the money now and make money off the interest and investments. CON: Most of the people that lose all their lottery have taken the lump sum.
  • Annuity: You’ll get a nice big payment to start. Then,  29 annual payments that span the next 30 years. PRO: You have a security of getting something each year. CON: How healthy are you? LOL.

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