Thursday, 24 August 2017

The Mega Millions Jackpot - Top 7 Winners

Lotteries are the new source of millionaires. This is because a large number of millionaires in the word owe their riches to a lottery win. Everyone who plays a lottery wants to win a prize but ultimately, each lottery winner wishes he or she could win the jackpot – a lottery’s largest cash prize. Jackpots of different lotteries around the world have changed people’s lives overnight. An example of such a lottery is the Mega Millions in the United States. The Mega Millions jackpot started off in 1996 as “The Big Game”. Six years after the creation of the Big Game, the name was changed to “The Big Game Mega Millions” before it was changed to Mega Millions in 2002. When the Mega Millions lottery started in 1996 as “the Big Game”, it was first drawn on September 6 of that same year with only six participating states – Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia. Eventually, the lottery became much popular and went on to become a multi-jurisdictional American lottery currently being played in 44 states, the U.S. Virigin Islands and the District of Columbia. 

The standard Mega Millions jackpot which is advertised each draw stands at 15 million. This amount can increase exponentially depending on the pool of funds available for prices and the number of times the jackpot is rolled over. During a draw, when a jackpot is not won, it is rolled over to the next draw and continues until it is rolled over. The jackpot amount can either be paid in annuitized amounts over 30 years or as a cash lump sum which is subject to taxes. Most jackpot winners always opt for a cash payout. Below are the top seven largest Mega Millions jackpots ever.

March 30, 2012 - $656 million jackpot – 03 winning tickets ($218.6 million each)

On March 30th 2012, the Mega Millions lottery recorded its largest ever jackpot win. The amount which could be either a $640 million annuitized payment or a $462 million cash prize was initially and annuitized payment of $363 million after the draw on March 27 of that same year. It was later increased to $500 million and later to $540 million before the sale of tickets pushed the price to a whopping $656 million annuitized value or a cash option of $474 million. Before this drawing, the amount spent on Mega Millions previous jackpot win won on the 24th of January 2012 was about $1.5 billion. The $656 million jackpot had three confirmed tickets belonging to an anonymous winner in Ottawa, Kansas, the Three Amigos who hailed from Milford Mill, Maryland and Merle and Patricia Butler of Red bull, Illinois. Each of these three winners won the sum of $218.6 million.

December 17, 2013 - $648 million – 02 winning tickets ($324 million each)

The next largest jackpot amount was won on the 17th of December 2013 by two winning tickets. The winners of this amount hailed from Georgia and California. The next morning, Ira Curry, the winner of the Georgia ticket chose the cash lump sum option. The other winner, Steve Tran of Northern California claimed his own ticket on the 3rd of January 2014. Even though both winners received an equal amount, Steve Tran of California had a larger cash-option amount because of California state laws which exempt lottery winnings from the state’s income tax

July 8, 2016 - $536 million – Single winning ticket 

Mega Millions' #3 largest jackpot was drawn on the 8th of July 2016 by a single ticket. This whopping sum of $536 million was won by a ticket from Indiana belonging to Warren D, LLC. The winner of this huge amount like all the others before him opted for the cash option. 

March 18, 2014 - $414 million – 02 winning tickets ($207 million each)

On the 18th of March 2014, two tickets won the fourth largest Mega Millions jackpot, an amount of $414 million which was divided equally between the two winners - $207 million. One of the tickets belonged to Colbie and Seamus Trust of Merritt Island, Florida and was dated April 21, 2014. The other ticket was purchased in La Plata, Maryland by an Anonymous player.

August 11, 2017 - $393 million – Single winning ticket

Just of recent, the fifth largest jackpot recorded by Mega Millions was won. Belonging to a player who purchased his ticket in Palos Heights, Illinois, the jackpot amount stood at $393 million. 

March 6, 2007 - $390 million - 02 winning tickets ($195 million each)

Before this win, the fifth largest Mega Millions jackpot was $390 million won on the 6th of March 2007 by two tickets purchased in Georgia and New Jersey. These tickets which were purchased by Elaine and Harold Messner of Woodbine, New Jersey and Eddie Nabors of Dalton, Georgia each had a prize of $195 million. 

January 4, 2011 - $380 million - 02 winning tickets ($190 million each):

What a way to start a new year! On the 4th of January 2011, barely 4 days into the year, two Mega Million tickets won the 7th largest Mega Millions jackpot. The tickets which belonged to Holly Lahti who hailed from Rathdrum, Idaho and Jim and Carolyn McCullar of Ephrata, Washington were individually worth $190 million francs. This is what can be termed a “Year of Breakthrough”.

These past lottery results are the winners of the seven largest Mega Millions lottery jackpots of all time. Jackpots provide a very fast way of turning into a millionaire and while there are some who regard lotteries as scams, the stories of these seven and many other millionaires around the world who benefited from the Mega Millions jackpot are quite true. So, purchase your Mega Millions ticket today, pick your six numbers and stand a chance to have your name written in the “Book of Millionaires”. It doesn’t cost much to play a standard Mega Millions game. The price per line is $1 and with the internet, tickets can be purchased within the comfort of your room via any trusted and authorized lottery website. 

You are just a click away from becoming a millionaire. Join and participate in the Mega Millions lottery.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Powerball Jackpot Could Increase To More Than $800 Million

Jackpots are the pride of any lottery. This is because it is the largest cash price in any lottery game which could increase to ridiculous sums at times. An example of this is the jackpot of $1.6 Billion which was won by three Powerball players – $1.6 Billion. Imagine if the amount was won by a single person. The person could have conveniently left from someone no one knew about to a Billionaire. Well, instead, because the huge cash price was won by three different tickets, the mammoth sum was divided into three equal parts and the winners settled for becoming millionaires instead of billionaires. Even so, who wouldn’t want to be a Millionaire overnight. I know I would. For those who dream high like I do, there is a chance about to present itself. It is the US Powerball jackpot. The US Powerball is a multi-state lottery which is offered in 44 American states including Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Powerball is very popular especially as it sells across 47 territories and states in the US and has a minimum jackpot of 40 million which can increase depending on the sale of tickets and number of jackpot amounts rolled over.

It is no news that when the jackpot for a particular draw is not won, the amount of the jackpot is rolled over. The last Powerball jackpot was rolled over 19 times before it was won. This amount of $447.8 million which rose as a result of a late surge in ticket sales as people rushed to buy tickets in order to contest for the huge jackpot was won on the 10th of June 2017 by a single winner who hailed from California which is amongst the 47 states participating in the lottery. The lucky winner of this lottery was Jeff Lindsay. 

This amount beat the $435.3 million won in February 22nd 2017 by a ticket bought in Indiana. The anonymous winner was described as a graduate from Purdue University who worked at a manufacturing plant. He chose the lump-sum cash option of $263.5 million as opposed to the $435.3 million annuitized payment plan when he finally came forth. 


Now, there is an even greater jackpot on the line. Once again, no ticket matched the winning numbers which were drawn on Saturday. This means that the jackpot will once more be rolled over to the next draw which will take place on the 23rd of August 2017. At present, the amount stands at $700 million and if it is won in the next draw, it could eventually beat the second largest US lotto jackpot of all time which currently stands at $648 million and was won by two tickets bought from California and Georgia on the 17th of December 2013. The Powerball uses a 5/69 + 1/26 matrix to choose its winners. The winner of the jackpot is the player whose selected numbers match the numbers drawn by the lottery committee. 

On Saturday, August 19th 2017, there was no winner for the jackpot as no player’s selected number matched the drawn numbers. As a result, the jackpot was rolled over to the next date which is the 23rd of August 2017. With the number of people rushing to buy tickets, it is no surprise that the amount has risen to $700 million. 

Now, if the jackpot is not won again, the amount could rise to $1 billion which will make it the second largest jackpot in US history. Of course, once that happens, people will start rushing to purchase tickets which could make the amount to rise even further. Now, it is true that the Powerball has always been a very difficult jackpot to win, but because of a rule change in October 2015 that tweaked the odds increasing the chances of winning the jackpot to stand at around 1 in 292,000,000. Really tough, rite? This means that the it is more likely for you to be struck down by lightening while drowning (1 in 183,000,000) or hit by an asteroid (1 in 700,000) than for you to actually win the jackpot. But when has an odd of 1 in 292 million ever stopped any one from trying to win $650 million. 

Queues that stretch across the streets in front of lottery kiosks are all over the US as players struggle to get a chance at the mammoth $700 million which will be drawn during the Powerball draw this Thursday. If the price is not won in the next two draws, the amount could reach a $1 billion which will be drawn on August 27th, 2017. Now that will be the second largest draw of all time, after the record $2.3 billion Powerball draw in January 2016. Even though the Powerball lottery isn’t open to citizens of Australia, those citizens who feel lucky enough can play through Lottosend where they can also buy lottery tickets for many other really big jackpot lottery games and not only the US Powerball, such as Euromillions or the popular Californian Superlotto Plus lottery that had a $65 million jackpot winner just this week.

Users of Lottoland do not actually enter the lottery but the online service allows them to pick the numbers they think will be drawn and bet on the outcome of the lottery in order to win thesaem amount won by the lottery winners of the US Powerball. That money is to be paid by Lottoland. Lottoland has reportedly already noticed a massive rush in traffic as players rush to purchase tickets to stand a chance to win the large jackpot amount since the weekend when the amount stood at $600 million. 

Players who feel lucky can purchase their tickets from any authorized lottery in the 47 states including Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. Tickets cost $2 but can increase depending on the number of add-on features played on a ticket. Tickets are usually sold up to 10:00 PM Eastern time on game night even though some territories cut off their lotteries earlier. The drawings for the upcoming draw is slated for the 23rd of August 2017. If a player succeeds in matching the five balls drawn together with the one Powerball won, he/she could be the winner more than $700 million. But if no one is able to match that amount, then we might be looking at a jackpot amount of over$1 billion on Saturday, the 26th of August 2017 which could keep increasing until someone wins the amount.