Rejoice, store clerks who have endured lengthy lotto lines recently, as the monumental $1.58 billion Mega Millions prize has been claimed, confirmed by officials of the game.
Moreover, the fortunate individual who secured the sole winning ticket in Florida for this potentially record-breaking jackpot can also revel in their luck.
The remarkable feat of a lone ticket hitting the jackpot occurred at a Publix store situated in Neptune Beach, an approximate 20-mile distance to the east of Jacksonville, as stated by game authorities. This colossal prize, estimated at $1.58 billion, translates to an impressive cash amount of approximately $783.3 million before accounting for taxes. Should these figures prove accurate, this anticipated jackpot would rank as the most substantial in the game’s nearly 27-year existence. The previous record stood at a $1.537 billion jackpot claimed in October 2018.
The successful numbers drawn on Tuesday were 13-19-20-32-33, with the Mega Ball number being 14.
The pursuit of this potentially groundbreaking jackpot has spanned several months. The most recent jackpot winner prior to this occasion was on April 18th. In both Mega Millions and the Powerball lottery, jackpots continue to accumulate when no winner emerges.
The estimated $1.58 billion prize stands as the largest ever in Mega Millions history, although it closely trails the top two largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history overall.
The parallel game, Powerball, has previously awarded jackpots of $2.04 billion and $1.586 billion. These immense winnings were secured in the past year with a single ticket purchased in California and in 2016, distributed among three tickets across three states.
The odds of clinching the Mega Millions jackpot stand at an astounding 1 in 302,575,350.
This game is played across 45 states, including Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.