a person in Illinois won the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever, with a cash prize of $724.6 million. – The winning Mega Millions numbers were drawn on Friday, July 29th.
The lucky winner matched all five white balls and the Mega Ball to take home their history-making prize. The ticket was purchased at a Speedway gas station convenience store in Des Plaines, Illinois.
It was held by a shopper who opted for the cash payout option of the lottery game’s website. It was revealed that only one ticket matched all six of the winning numbers and won the massive jackpot. After taxes, this lucky winner will take home around $477 million—not a bad payday for buying a lottery ticket at their local store!
The Illinois Lottery has just announced that a single ticket has netted the largest lottery prize in history: a whopping $1.337 billion jackpot! The lucky ticketholder, who purchased their ticket in Maine, managed to match all five white balls and the single Mega Ball, giving them the huge cash prize.
With odds of around 303 million-to-1, it’s no wonder they’ve netted such an impressive lottery prize! In addition to the main prize of $1.337 billion, prizes vary depending on how many numbers were matched. Aside from this winner, four other tickets matched five white balls but not the Mega Ball and will net them around $1 million each.
On November 4, 2020 the largest Mega Millions jackpot in history was surpassed when a single ticket won the $1.05 billion prize. The first Mega Millions drawing was held in May of 2002 and since then has seen hundreds of millions in prizes awarded to lucky winners across the country.
Last summer, a group of 11 workers from a suburban Detroit lottery club edged out the grand prize with their Powerball ticket, but weeks later they were topped by an even larger $1.537 billion jackpot.
The winning numbers matched both sets of draws on Nov 4th, earning the single winner what is now the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever seen. When it comes to lottery history, this record-breaking jackpot will be hard to top for some time but with both Mega Millions and Powerball offering multi-million dollar prizes each week, someone could easily take home the next big win in just a few draws from now!
On October 23rd 2018, the largest Mega Millions jackpot in history was won by a single ticket sold in South Carolina. The value of the jackpot was over $10.7 million in cash, after taxes!