While it may be tempting to burn a "losing" ticket, in this Mega Millions draw are also 36 second prizes worth $1 million each.
"The moment we've been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn't be more excited", said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Group.
"I'd buy a few properties, get my family in order and share with my neighborhood", said Chavez, who lives in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.
The next jackpot victor could come from anywhere. "I think it's wonderful news". In Arizona, people who win more than $600 can keep their names secret for 90 days after claiming prizes, but after that names are public record. "It's very intrusive what happens, and someone could be hurt, someone could be threatened. they can decide to expose themselves to publicity if they want to", he said on the show, according to a clip shared on Twitter. She cited "security procedures".
The victor can take $878 million in a lump sum cash payment or be paid out in annuities over 30 years. Last weekend, someone in Congress, Arizona, struck it rich with the Powerball to the tune of $1 million. The lucky player overcame miserable odds: The chance of matching all six numbers and winning the top prize is 1 in 302.5 million. That is up from 1 in 259 million a year ago; the change was made to generate larger prizes. Of those, two chose the Megaplier option, which increased their winnings to $3 million each. One of those tickets was sold at Stew Leonard's in Yonkers.
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"Our message to the $1.5 BILLION #Mega Millions jackpot victor: Sign the back of the ticket, place the ticket in a safe location, speak with a trusted advisor and CALL THE LOTTERY at 1-866-736-9819". The lump sum cash payout is estimated at US$354.3 million.
With a one-time cash option, the unidentified victor will walk away with a cool $913.7 million.
With the odds of winning at 1 in 302 million for a single ticket, experts say you're more likely to be elected President of the United States, or canonised as a saint.
Eight were in California, four each in Florida and NY, two each in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia, and one each in Arizona, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. The ticket was sold in Palmetto State.
Meanwhile, the California lottery tweeted that eight tickets in the state matched five of the six numbers for an undisclosed amount of money.