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More Than 67,000 West Virginia Lottery tickets win prizes in Record Mega Millions Drawing

The estimated annuity jackpot for Tuesday, October 23 was just shy of a world record at $1.537 billion. It was, however, the world’s largest lottery jackpot awarded on a single ticket.
○ World-record Powerball jackpot in January 2016 was $1.586 billion, but was split among winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.

● The final total was less than the $1.6 billion estimate because estimates are based on historical patterns of jackpot rolls, but there are few precedents for a jackpot this size. Typically, about 70% of sales occur on the drawing day, so forecasting precise numbers in advance can be difficult.

● One jackpot-winning ticket was sold in South Carolina – the state’s first-ever Mega Millions jackpot win.
○ Annuity option: one immediate payment and annual graduated payments for 29 years
○ Cash option: $877.8 million (before taxes)

● The October 23 drawing produced 15,750,014 winning tickets.
○ 36 second-tier winners
■ 8 in California (each worth $562,472, as California pays prizes on a pari-mutuel basis)
■ 4 in New York ($1 million each)
■ 4 in Florida (one with 3X Megaplier for $3 million; the other three for $1 million)
■ 1 in Texas worth $3 million (with 3X Megaplier)
■ 19 each worth $1 million in the following states:
● 2 each in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia
● 1 each in Arizona, Washington, D.C., Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
○ 419 third-tier winners of $10,000 (51 of the 419 with Megaplier for $30,000)

● West Virginia produced two third-tier winners of $10,000, and a total of 67,241 tickets sold in West Virginia won a prize from the drawing.


Mega Millions Top-10 Jackpots

1.  $1.537 billion  10/23/2018  South Carolina
2.  $656 million   3/30/2012   Kansas, Illinois, Maryland
3.  $648 million   12/17/2013   California, Georgia
4. $543 million  7/24/2018  California
5.  $536 million   7/8/2016   Indiana
6. $533 million  3/30/2018  New Jersey
7.  $451 million  1/5/2018  Florida
8.  $414 million   3/18/2014   Florida, Maryland
9.  $393 million   8/11/2017   Illinois
10.  $390 million   3/6/2007   Georgia, New Jersey

Top-10 Lottery Jackpots

1.  $1.586 billion  1/13/2016   California, Florida, Tennessee  (Powerball)
2.  $1.537 billion  10/23/2018  South Carolina   (Mega Millions)
3.  $758.7 million   8/23/2017   Massachusetts    (Powerball)
4.  $656 million   3/30/2012   Kansas, Illinois, Maryland   (Mega Millions)
5.  $648 million   12/17/2013   California, Georgia    (Mega Millions)
6.  $620 million  10/24/18  ???     (Powerball)
7.  $590.5 million   5/18/2013   Florida     (Powerball)
8.  $587.5 million   11/28/2012   Arizona, Missouri    (Powerball)
9.  $564.1 million   2/11/2015   N. Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas  (Powerball)
10.  $559.7 million   1/6/2018   New Hampshire    (Powerball)

 

● The largest previous Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million on March 30, 2012, with winning tickets purchased in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland. Click here for a list of all Mega Millions jackpots won since the game began.
 
● Mega Millions is played in 46 jurisdictions: 44 states; Washington, D.C., and U.S. Virgin Islands.

● Tickets are $2; The Megaplier option is an additional $1. Prizes on all Megaplier tickets are multiplied, except for the jackpot.

● Drawings are conducted at 11 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesdays and Fridays in Atlanta, Georgia.

www.WVLottery.com

 

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