One person in Florida has won the $1.58 billion Mega Millions prize – the largest jackpot in the lottery’s history.
The winner will now have the option of claiming a single lump sum of around $757.2 million, or opting to claim the full prize in 30 annual payments of around $52.6 million.
The winning numbers were 13, 19, 20, 32, 33 with a gold Mega Ball of 14 – which matched one lucky player’s ticket in Florida, according to the lottery’s website.
The $1.58 billion prize is just larger than the $1.537 billion Mega Millions win in South Carolina in October 2018, according to lottery officials.
Before Tuesday night, no ticket had matched all six numbers drawn for nearly four months, since April 18. The $1.58 billion winner’s identity has not been revealed.
The winning ticket was purchased at the Publix at 630 Atlantic Blvd. in Neptune Beach – it had opened less than three months ago and will now receive a $100,000 bonus. Neptune Beach has just over 7,000 residents and is 16 miles east of Jacksonville on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
The winning ticket was purchased at the Publix at 630 Atlantic Blvd. in Neptune Beach – it had just opened less than three months ago and will now receive a $100,000 bonus
The winner will have the option of claiming a single lump sum of around $757.2 million, or opting to claim the full prize in 29 annual payments
One person in Florida has won the $1.58 billion Mega Millions prize – making it the largest total in the lottery’s history. The winning numbers were 13, 19, 20, 32, 33 with a gold Mega Ball of 14 – which matched one lucky player in Florida, according to the lottery’s website
Tuesday night’s jackpot was the third-largest overall in US lottery history.
Mega Millions tickets, which are $2 each, are sold in all states except Alabama, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii and Nevada.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot was about 1 in 302.6million. Those odds are worse than the 1 in 11.5million odds of being bitten by a shark or the 1 in 700,000 odds of giving birth to identical quadruplets.
Although in recent months there had been no Mega Millions jackpot winners, the year started off with a number of wins.
The lump sum payment will first face federal tax of 24 per cent, leaving the lone winner with some $595.3 million. However, they could then face a federal marginal rate of up to 37 per cent depending on their income, potentially slashing the winnings down further to $493.5 million.
Under this level of federal tax, the installments route would see annual payments drop to around $33.1 million. Florida itself, however, is one of 14 states that does not tax lottery winnings.
‘This year started out with six jackpot winners in less than four months – a number far more typical of a full year and indicative of the truly random nature of lottery drawings,’ the lottery said.
There have been a string of recent billion dollar lotto winners, including two separate billion dollar Powerball winning tickets sold in California.
Tuesday night’s jackpot was the third-largest overall in US lottery history
A single ticket matched all six numbers drawn on July 19 – that meant someone had won the third-highest ever prize for the multi-state lottery.
Although the winner is known, lottery officials confirmed the winning ticket was sold by a Los Angeles convenience store just blocks from the homeless encampments of Skid Row.
California Lottery officials previously confirmed Las Palmitas Mini Market as the store where the winning ticket was sold. Its owner, Nabor Herrera, will also receive a $1 million bonus from Powerball.
Herrera said he did not realize he’d sold the winning ticket until he arrived for work early Thursday and saw cameras camped out in front of the shop, which he initially though were for a movie scene.
And it was the second time in less than a year someone from California had struck gold. In February, Edwin Castro came forward to claim the winnings from November’s $2.04billion drawing. He opted take the lump sum of $997.6million.
TOP MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOTS
1. $1.580 billion 8/8/2023 – 1 ticket – Florida
2. $1.537 billion 10/23/2018 – 1 ticket – South Carolina
3. $1.348 billion 1/13/2023 – 1 ticket – Maine
4. $1.337 billion 7/29/2022 1 ticket -Illinois
5. $1.050 billion 1/22/2021 1 ticket – Michigan
6. $656 million 3/30/2012 – 3 tickets – Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
7. $648 million 12/17/2013 – 2 tickets – California, Georgia
8. $543 million 7/24/2018 – 1 ticket – California
9. $536 million 7/8/2016 – 1 ticket – Indiana
10. $533 million 3/30/2018 – 1 ticket – New Jersey
Source: Mega Millions