Winning Lottery Numbers: $1.58 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot Tickets Sold

Someone won an estimated $1.58 billion Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday night, the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever.

The winning numbers were 13, 19, 20, 32, 33, and the megabill was 14. The winning ticket was sold in Florida, according to Mega Millions.

The winner could walk away with a total cash option of $783.3 million, which jackpot winners can always choose from, or they can choose to have payments made through an annuity over 30 years. Experts say winners should talk to financial advisors and lawyers to ensure they make the best decisions with their winnings.

Lottery winners find themselves in the nation’s highest income tax bracket of 35 percent to 37 percent because the IRS treats lottery winnings as ordinary income.

New Yorkers lined up to buy mega-millions of tickets in hopes of winning an estimated $1.8 billion jackpot on Aug. 8. A winning ticket was sold in Florida. (Video: Reuters)

Before Tuesday, there had been 31 straight draws without a Mega Millions jackpot winner. According to Mega Millions, the most recent grand prize was drawn on April 18 for a $20 million pot.

Before Tuesday’s record win, the largest Mega Millions jackpot was $1.537 billion, won in October 2018.

But this is not the biggest lottery jackpot in recent times. The winning ticket for November’s Powerball jackpot was $2.04 billion.

Billion dollar jackpots are frequent because lotto companies have designed low odds for the games. Experts say.

What are the chances of winning the lottery?

Mega Millions changed the rules of its game in 2017, according to its website, increasing the starting jackpot from $15 million to $40 million and raising ticket prices from $1 to $2. That stretched the odds of winning the top prize from 1 in 258,890,850 to 1 in 302,575,350, The Washington Post reported.

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At the time, the largest Mega Millions jackpot was a $656 million prize — split three ways — in 2012. Five of its billion-dollar jackpots have come since the 2017 transition, Mega Millions says.

The last time the Mega Millions jackpot hit $1 billion was in January, when an investment group claimed a prize of $1.348 billion ($723.5 million in cash) in Maine.

Tickets are sold in 45 states, DC and the US Virgin Islands. Tickets are $2 each. In most jurisdictions, players can add a Megaplier for an additional $1 to multiply their non-jackpot prizes.

Drawings are held in Atlanta on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. ET.

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