##### The Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot

If you’ve ever played the Mega Millions lottery, you know just how big this prize can be. The jackpot is the third-largest in U.S. history, and the winner likely paid only \$2 for the ticket. Mega Millions winners can claim their \$780.5 million lump-sum payment, or they can elect to receive it in an annuity over 30 years. In addition to federal tax withholding, winning lottery tickets are typically subject to state income taxes, as well. In Illinois, winning tickets are considered taxable income at the state income tax rate of 4.95%. However, winners from states with higher tax rates may owe more.

## Mega Millions jackpot is the second-largest in Mega Millions’ history

The Mega millions jackpot is the second-largest cash prize in the game’s history. The largest Mega Millions jackpot was won in October 2018 when a player from South Carolina won \$1.537 billion. Last year’s record was \$1.537 billion, but the jackpot was larger than that in both years because the prize was split among three players. The jackpot is worth \$750 million in cash, or \$878 million in lump sum payout. The jackpot is sold in a single state every two weeks, and the odds of winning are one in 302 million.

## Estimated jackpot is based on the amount of money accumulated in the jackpot pool

In electronic gaming, the estimated jackpot is the sum of payments made to the jackpot winner over a specified time period. This figure is calculated from information provided by the jackpot controller through a data network. The RJC adds a proportion of each wager to the jackpot pool and seeds it with a starting value. The RJC then selects a random number between the starting value and a predetermined maximum value. The EGD informs the RJC of the amount of credits bet, based on which the jackpot is calculated.

## Estimated jackpot is 32.5% of the (non-Power Play) revenue of each base (\$1) play

A lottery’s estimated jackpot is the total amount of money the game will pay out to the jackpot winner. The jackpot amount is determined by the revenue generated by base plays. This revenue is reported by game members and then used to determine the jackpot amount. This amount is a maximum figure, as the jackpot is not final until all tickets have been sold.

## Odds of matching all five numbers and the “Mega Ball” number are 1-in-303 million

While there is a jackpot of almost \$830 million, the odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega Ball are low. The odds of winning are one in 303 million. While the jackpot is the most common prize, not everyone can win it. Almost all winners choose the cash option. Matching five numbers and the Mega Ball will pay out an estimated \$747 million cash.

## Anonymity of jackpot winners

While many states do not have laws requiring jackpot lottery winners to come forward, some do. One state, South Carolina, allows jackpot lottery winners to remain anonymous. In fact, an anonymous lottery winner collected his prize on 4 March 2019 in South Carolina. However, some state lotteries still require winners to talk to the media. If they do not comply, they may delay the payment of their prize. In other cases, anonymous winners are allowed to remain anonymous while collecting their prize.