Updated: March 5, 2021
One lucky person in the United States has just won $372 million or 134 billion Nigerian naira. The astonishing win came from the Mega Millions $372 million jackpot (a mere $251.5 million if they want it in cash).
The winning numbers were the white balls 22, 30, 53, 55 and 56, as well as the gold Mega Ball 16.
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According to CNN, “this isn’t the first time there has been a whopping win on December 17. On that day in 2013, the third-largest prize in the history of the game — $648 million — was split between two winners from California and Georgia”.
CNN said the latest win “might seem small in comparison to the biggest Mega Millions jackpot of all time, which was $1.5 billion. All of it went to a single ticket holder in South Carolina”.
It said the jackpot has been growing since it was last won in Texas on September 24 for $225 million.
“There were more than 1 million other winning tickets Tuesday night on all prize levels. Three winners from Iowa, New York and West Virginia each won $1 million, and another winner in Pennsylvania got lucky with a $2 million win.The next drawing will be on Friday, when the jackpot resets to its starting value of $40 million,” the report read.
CNN explained that mega Millions winners have two choices: “They can either get paid up-front in cash or get an annual payout. Before you go scrambling to get that cold, hard cash, hold on a minute. Winners actually get less if they choose to get all the money at once. If a winner chooses cash, they will get a check for the amount of cash currently in the Mega Millions prize pool, which for Tuesday’s winner is nearly $251.5 million. If they go for the annual option, they’ll get their hands on their entire jackpot amount, but will just have to wait a little while for all of it. After an initial exciting payment, the winner can get 29 more annual payouts, each one 5% bigger than the next, the Mega Millions website says.