Record Win On Mega Millions: $1.537 Billion

Record Win On Mega Millions: $1.537 Billion

Written by: Alex Hoffmann

30 October 2018

A ticket holder from South Carolina is currently the luckiest person on Earth after winning The Mega Millions Jackpot on Tuesday night, 23 October 2018. The biggest lottery prize amounts $1.537 billion USD and the winning white balls are 5, 28, 62, 65, and 70… with the addition of gold Mega Ball 5.

Making this historic win crushed the two former records from March 2012 when a player bagged staggering $656 million and January 2016, when three participants shared the winning tickets reaching up to $1.586 billion.

Lead director of the Mega Million Group and director of Maryland Lottery, Gordon Medenica, said:

The moment we’ve been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited. This is truly a historic occasion. We’re so happy for the winner, and we know the South Carolina Education Lottery can’t wait to meet the lucky ticket holder.”

However, since jackpots come with a huge tax bite, the player will claim roughly $878 million in cash, which is almost the half of the original sum.

Jackpot Pending Since July:

There have been four Mega Millions jackpots in 2018, excluding the latest win on October 23rd. Nonetheless, ever since a group of eleven co-workers from California struck the $543 million prize in July 24, no further winnings continued… right until now, that is. Other lucky streaks occurred in January ($451 million in Florida), March ($533 million in New Jersey) and May ($142 million in Ohio).

What’s more important for the whole story is perhaps the number of second prize tickets, reaching a whopping 36 units! To clarify, eight were sold in California, four in Florida and New York, two in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia, whereby the last one was assigned in Arizona, Iowa, Kentucky etc.

50.2 Million Winning Tickets in Total:

According to The Wizard of Odds, who created the Mega Millions calculator for expected value, it is important to include the additional factors of jackpot before making any plans on spending the money.

But first, here’s one more essential detail:

On October 23rd, 419 tickets won the game’s $10,000 third prize, as players also successfully matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball. Moreover, fifty-one of those tickets are worth $30,000 each due to the optional Megaplier… to summarize, there were in fact 15,750,013 winning tickets on Tuesday night.

Comment: Congrats to the winner, honestly! What a lucky chump… nice job

Source: “Record Mega Millions Jackpot Won in South Carolina”. Mega Millions. October 24th, 2018.


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Mega Millions is one of the best bet ever. We have it in Illinois to.

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