10 Aug Historic $1.58 Billion Mega Billion Dollar Jackpot Won in Florida
A single ticket purchased in Florida has secured the colossal $1.58 billion Mega Millions jackpot, marking what is anticipated to become the most substantial prize in the history of this lottery, as stated on the official lottery website.
The winning combination consisted of the numbers 13, 19, 20, 32, 33, accompanied by a gold Mega Ball numbered 14.
This victorious ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket located in Neptune Beach, Florida, as indicated by the Florida State Lottery.
Should the prize indeed confirm at $1.58 billion, it would surpass the current Mega Millions record of $1.537 billion, secured in South Carolina back in 2018, the lottery officials shared.
The individual holding the winning ticket from Tuesday’s drawing will have the choice of receiving the entire amount spread over 29 annual payments or opting for a lump sum, estimated around $783 million prior to taxes, as outlined by Mega Millions.
The pinnacle of all lottery jackpots remains the $2.04 billion Powerball prize claimed last year in California.
Beyond the grand winner, other tickets from the Tuesday drawing also achieved substantial prizes.
Two tickets, purchased in Florida and North Carolina, each earned $2 million by correctly matching the initial five numbers and activating the optional Megaplier feature, which is accessible in most states through an additional $1 purchase.
An additional five tickets achieved a minimum of $1 million by matching the initial five numbers without the Megaplier. These particular tickets were sold in California, Pennsylvania, Texas (with two winners), and West Virginia.
The ticket from California, specifically from Hilmar, will hold a value of $3.38 million, based on California State Lottery’s information. This value variance arises from California’s prize structure being contingent on ticket sales and the quantity of winners, diverging from the fixed prizes indicated on the Mega Millions website.
In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, the California lottery jubilantly stated, “Congratulations to the fortunate winner of the remarkable $1.58 Billion #MegaMillions jackpot in Florida. Meanwhile, California joins the celebrations as a fortunate ticket sold at Super Mac Food & Gas in Hilmar matched five numbers, narrowly missing the Mega number, and earning a commendable $3,383,371.”
The Mega Millions jackpot had been gradually accumulating for several months, having been last won in New York on April 18th. Subsequently, the jackpot for the upcoming Friday’s drawing will reset to $20 million.