A groundbreaking moment unfolded in the state of Florida, USA, as an individual emerged victorious in the Mega Millions lottery with an unprecedented $1.58 billion jackpot. The lottery administration revealed this remarkable feat on a Tuesday.
Following a staggering 31 rounds of draws without a grand triumph, luck smiled upon a fortunate ticket holder in Florida. As the summer of 2023 unfolds, this individual stands to bask in the glory of an unparalleled MEGA jackpot, presently estimated at a monumental $1.58 billion, as announced by Mega Millions through an official statement.
This Tuesday’s colossal jackpot victory is poised to etch a new chapter in the annals of the game’s history, surpassing the prior apex of Mega Millions’ payouts—a staggering $1.537 billion claimed in 2018, according to the lottery authorities.
Remarkably, the triumph stands as the first declared Mega Millions jackpot since April. Should the sum of the prize be authenticated, it would secure its position as the third most substantial payout in the chronicles of US lottery winnings, as delineated by ABC News.
The identity of the triumphant individual remains undisclosed at this juncture. The victor is bestowed with the choice of an immediate cash option of around $783 million or the alternative of receiving the complete sum distributed over 30 years, in annually increasing installments, growing by a five percent margin each year.
The preference for the lump sum payout is a common choice among most victors. It’s important to note that all winnings are subject to income taxes as per regulations.
The odds of clinching the Mega Millions jackpot stand at a striking one in 303 million, a considerably higher probability than the one-in-a-million chance of being struck by lightning, as revealed by US government data.
The triumphant combination of numbers for the Tuesday draw materialized as 13, 19, 20, 32, and 33, accompanied by the golden ball numbered 14.
Adding to the celebratory fervor, two other winners hailing from Florida and North Carolina secured substantial prizes of $2 million each, while an additional five players reaped rewards of $1 million each.
Mega Millions tickets are retailed at $2 across 45 states, encompassing Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands. Anticipation builds for the upcoming Mega Millions drawing set for Friday, during which the jackpot reverts to an impressive $20 million, carrying a cash value of $9.9 million.