The Mega Millions lottery jackpot climbed to $476 million after Tuesday’s $363 drawing. The winning numbers: 9-19-34-44-51, and the Mega Ball was 24. At this time, no ticket matched all six numbers.
The California lottery website states that if someone were to win the $476 million jackpot, they would have an estimated cash option payout of $341.4 million. It’s probably safe to say that it would be a better deal to just take the money. There is however, the option to accept large payments for the rest of your life.
This is the largest jackpot since January 2011, when it reached $380 million, and the largest lottery ever won was $390 million in March 2007 with a cash option of $223 million.
In addition, the retailer who sells the winning ticket will receive a maximum bonus of $1 million. But your chance of winning such an incredible jackpot is about 1 in 176,000,000. With $476 million up for grabs, many people are taking their chances.
In Tuesday night’s game, 47 people matched 5 of the 6 winning numbers. Each of those tickets is worth at least $250,000 or $750,000 if you paid an extra dollar for the Megaplier.
The Mega Millions lottery is played in more than 40 states.