By Elizabeth Wolfe | CNN
The Mega Tens of millions drawing Tuesday evening presents a high prize of an estimated $1.55 billion – which might be the biggest jackpot the lottery has ever awarded, based on lottery officers.
The whopping prize is up for grabs at 11 p.m. ET Tuesday after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Friday evening, Mega Tens of millions stated.
Had been one ticket to win, the holder might select to unfold the complete quantity in annual funds over 29 years, or obtain a lump sum cost estimated at about $757 million, each earlier than taxes, based on Mega Tens of millions.
A $1.55 billion jackpot would exceed the present Mega Tens of millions file of $1.537 billion received in South Carolina in 2018, it stated.
Although Mega Tens of millions’ jackpot has gone unclaimed because the final one was received in New York on April 18, greater than 36 million successful tickets have certified for decrease prizes in that point, starting from a pair bucks to $5 million, the lottery stated. That features 62 prizes of $1 million or extra.
“This yr began out with six jackpot winners in lower than 4 months – a quantity way more typical of a full yr and indicative of the actually random nature of lottery drawings,” the lottery stated.
That features $1.348 billion received in Maine on January 13; $20 million in New York on January 17; $33 million and $31 million in Massachusetts on January 24 and 31, respectively; and $483 million and $20 million in New York on April 14 and 18, respectively, based on the lottery.
Mega Tens of millions stated it’s the solely lottery recreation that has awarded 4 jackpots over $1 billion.
The all-time file for largest lottery jackpot was a $2.04 billion Powerball prize received final yr in California.
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