A Mega Millions player gets Four Million reasons to celebrate

By admin December 5, 2017 18:25

A Mega Millions player gets Four Million reasons to celebrate

A lucky ticket holder from New Jersey has scooped a whopping $4 million. The winning numbers for December 1, 2017, drawing were 16, 22, 40, 41, 59, and Mega Ball 08. The prize, $1 million jackpot initially, became four times courtesy Optional Megaplier (4x).

He/she finally fell short of luck missing the gold Mega Ball of 8, which could have given the winner an audacious $132 million. The lottery officials confirmed that the ticket was purchased at the Garden State, New Jersey. Two other punters from Nebraska and Texas matched the five white balls drawn on Dec. 1, 2017, drawing to claim $1 million each.

The Mega Millions lottery introduced a significant change on Oct. 28, 2017. There have been 11 Match 5 winners since the lottery started offering $40 million as its starting value. Three of them included the optional Megaplier and scooped $4 million (ticket sold in New Jersey), $4 million (ticket sold in Massachusetts), and $2 million (ticket sold in Texas). Here’s the list of 10 biggest Mega Millions winners of all time.


Rank Amount Date Winning Tickets States With Winning Tickets
1 $656 million Mar. 30, 2012 3 Kansas, Illinois, Maryland
2 $648 million Dec. 17, 2017 2 California, Georgia
3 $536 million Aug. 7, 2016 1 Indiana
4 $414 million Mar. 18, 2014 2 Florida, Maryland
5 $393 million Aug. 11, 2017 1 Illinois
6 $390 million Mar. 6, 2007 2 Georgia, New Jersey
7 $380 million Jan. 4, 2011 2 Idaho, Washington
8 $336 million Aug. 28, 2009 2 California, New York
9 $330 million Aug. 31, 2007 4 Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia
10 $326 million Nov. 4, 2014 1 New York


Megaplier, a $1 option, can be added to increase the prize sum. The Megaplier multiplies the non-jackpot prizes by two, three, four, or five times. As no ticket-holder could match all six numbers earlier, $160 million was on offer at Tuesday’s Mega Millions draw. Most recently, $42 million jackpot was won on October 13; Six Mega Millions jackpots have been won in 2017. The Big Game lottery was introduced on August 31, 1996. Six states of the U.S. – Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia – had participated in the first Big Game draw on September 6, 1996. Players were given a large choice of numbers and a CASH PAYOUT option from January 1999. New Jersey became the seventh participating state after the changes. However, the Big Game lottery was renamed as Mega Millions in May 2002.

By admin December 5, 2017 18:25
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