Mega Millions’ anticipated $1.28 billion prize for Friday is the second-largest in the game’s 20-year history and the third-largest of any US lottery jackpot.
Friday’s jackpot is $742.2 million cash. Drawing in WSB-TV studio in Atlanta at 11 p.m. ET.
In 2018, a South Carolina ticket earned $1.537 billion in the Mega Millions jackpot. According to Mega Millions, that’s the second-biggest US lottery jackpot and the world’s greatest single-ticket payout.
The greatest US lottery jackpot was $1.586 billion, won by California, Florida, and Tennessee on January 13, 2016.
Timothy Schultz, who won $28 million in 1999 and now runs a lottery podcast, said winning can “flip your life upside down.”
After checking his calculations and realizing he won, he called lawyers and financial experts.
“It may impact everything, relationships, lives,” he remarked. “I believe it buys precious time. It’s one of the most strange life-changing events.”
Working with a financial consultant can assist those who have never won millions in comprehending what they can do with the money.
Before winning, Schultz wasn’t materialistic, so he bought automobiles and real estate.
“I’ve discovered that winning the lotto jackpot increases or may intensify your personality. It doesn’t define you “saying.
Despite seldom playing the lottery, he bought one for Friday’s drawing.
Mega Millions of annuitized jackpots start at $20 million and rise depending on game sales and 30-year US treasury interest rates.
1 in 302,575,350 people wins the jackpot.
Seven additional rewards depending on how many and what sort of balls a ticket matches.
The odds of earning a $1 million runner-up prize are 1 in 12,607,306.
Mega Millions of tickets are available in 45 states, DC, and USVI, with draws on Tuesday and Friday.
Online tickets are offered in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and DC.
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