Nestled up in the North Eastern corner of the United States, Massachusetts has a population of over 6.5 million and is the 7th smallest state. Despite its size, it is actually the 14th most populous state and it has seen its fair share of Mega Millions lottery winners, including Sandeep Singh who, having just been dumped by his girlfriend, suddenly realised he was a multi-millionaire.
The Massachusetts lottery not only runs Mega Millions and Powerball but a range of games that can win players a life changing amount of money.
There are a fantastic range of games available in the State, costing just a dollar or two to play and capable of winning you anything from just a few dollars to hundreds of millions.
Massachusetts Mega Millions Lottery
Mega Millions is one of the most popular games in the US, and in Massachusetts it’s no different. Players choose 5 numbers between 1 and 75 and a Mega Ball number between 1 and 15. Each play costs $1. Match all the numbers and you are in line to win the jackpot.
Massachusetts Powerball Lottery
The Powerball is a recent addition to the Massachusetts lottery and has similar rules to the Mega Millions. The odds of winning are 175,000 to one and you have to match all the numbers to have a chance of scooping the jackpot.
You choose 5 numbers between 1 and 59 and a Powerball number between 1 and 35. Tickets cost $2 for each play.
Massachusetts Megabucks Doubler
To play the Megabucks Doubler all you need to do is choose 6 numbers between 1 and 49. Ticket cost $1 and the draws are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:20pm. With the Megabucks Doubler in Massachusetts you have the chance to win over a million dollars though the odds are in the region of 14 million to one. The largest Megabucks Doubler jackpot ever won in the history of the Massachusetts lottery was way back in 1984 when the prize was over $15 million.
Massachusetts Mass Cash
If you want lower odds and a lower pay-out, the Mass Cash option could be for you. Games cost $1 to pay and you choose 5 numbers between 1 and 35. The top prize is $100,000 and your chances of winning it are around 324,000 to one. Draws take place every day at 11:20pm for the Mass Cash lottery and is one of the most popular games in Massachusetts.
It’s not just the above lottery games in Massachusetts that can earn you a life changing amount of money. They run Keno and Jackpot poker too. You can also try your hand at any one of a number of instant winning cards that can be bought from retailers across the cities and towns of Massachusetts including the new $500 Frenzy. In fact, Massachusetts was the first State in the history of the lottery to introduce instant win games as an alternative to nightly draws like Mega Millions and Powerball.
With over 6 million inhabitants and a long history of running the lottery, you’d not be surprised to learn that Massachusetts has had its fair share of big lottery winners. While the big wins are more likely now with games like Mega Millions and Powerball, one of the biggest was right back in 1999 when baby sitter Maria Grasso netted $197 million in the Big Game, the precursor to the Mega Millions lottery. At the time it was the largest jackpot in Massachusetts lottery history and the second biggest in the US.
In August 2011, Candido Oliveira from Dorchester was another Massachusetts lottery winner netting the $32 million Mega Millions jackpot and opting to take the cash option of around $22 million. The 42 year old unemployed man said he had no immediate plans for the money but that he might buy himself a car. Either way, he wouldn’t have to worry about looking for work anymore.
Lowell Massachusetts was the scene of the first big Mega Millions win back in 2004 when a 67 year old retired janitor defied 135 million to one odds to scoop a life changing $294 million. Shy of the media, the divorced mother of 3 didn’t say exactly what she was going to do with all that money but did hope that it wouldn’t change her that much. She opted to take the lump sum payment rather than an annuity and took away $117 million after Massachusetts lottery tax.
In October 2012, Sandeep Singh netted half of the Mega Millions lottery jackpot of $60 million, ending up with $16 million after taxes. He had just split up with his girlfriend at the time and was hoping that she wouldn’t decide that she wanted to get back with him.
Powerball has not been around for long, but East Bostonian Mark Williams found himself rich beyond his wildest dreams in 2011 when he became the first in Massachusetts to net a $1 million prize. Then, barely a month later, Jimmy Freeman, a retired Naval officer scooped the big prize when he won the $25.6 million prize, the first jackpot win for Powerball in the State. He chose to take a lump sum payment that left him with around $13 million after Massachusetts lottery tax was taken out. The store that sold him the winning ticket also got a $50,000 bonus.
In December 2012, co-workers Rosa DeLeon and Reggie LeBlanc found themselves winners of the $50 million Powerball lottery jackpot in Waltham, Massachusetts. They took the lump sum and walked away with $23 million between them.
Of course it’s not just about Powerball and Mega Millions in Massachusetts. Many players have had their lives turned around by winning a sizeable amount of money. In November 2007, bus driver Sandra Grant was a lottery winner taking $10 million on the instant game Billion Dollar Blockbuster and Kathleen Crew won $7 million in the 2012 $10 Million Raffle. Later in March that year, 39 year old Bruce Campbell won the Luck for Life top prize of $1,000 a day for the rest of his life.
All lottery winnings are considered to be earned income in the United States. Amounts over $600 are automatically related to the IRS and any amount over $5000 will have Massachusetts lottery tax taken out.
The first lottery ticket in the current era was sold in 1972 and since then the organisation has raised over $90 billion in sales and given nearly $20 billion to good causes in the State. Not only that but the Massachusetts lottery results each week have made the residents of the State a stunning $60 billion in prizes.
Following the passing of legislation in 1971, the first game in the history of the Massachusetts lottery was run the following years and no less than 7 people won $50,000. In 1974, the State was the first to introduce instant games that didn’t rely upon a weekly draw and over the years it has been at the forefront of lottery innovation. In 1996 they combined with five other states to produce The Big Game which would deliver its first multimillionaire 3 years later when Mario Grasso from Boston won a cheque for $197 million.
In 1997, the Massachusetts lottery results went for a $60 million overhaul when all the computer systems were updated, including those at 6,000 retail stores. It was one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the lottery’s history.
In 2004, the Massachusetts lottery introduced one of the first $5 instant tickets with a huge prize of $1 million and over $115 million in total prizes.
In 2000, The Big Game had a facelift and more states came on board. It was renamed Mega Millions and in 2004 a janitor from Lowell won the Massachusetts lottery jackpot of $294 million.
More innovations followed and in 2006 the Red Sox Instant Ticket was added to the list of games whilst in 2010 the Massachusetts Powerball lottery offered more big prizes. Other recent games are Lucky for Life and Jackpot Poker that gives players nine ways to win a $25,000 prize.
In 2007 the biggest number of millionaires was created in the history of the Massachusetts lottery when the Star Spangled Sweepstakes was introduced. While the odds of winning the jackpot of $40 were 175,000 to one, in July that year a record 11 new millionaires were created on one day from the draw.
Over the 41 years it has been running, the Massachusetts lottery has had a history of breaking records. In 2013, they did just that for the revenue created in a fiscal year, sales topping $4.85 billion.
You can buy your Massachusetts lottery numbers at any number of 7,500 retail outlets from chain stores to supermarkets, gas stations, restaurants and bars. Retailers earn 5% commission on every ticket sold and also a 1% commission on any prizes. Over the years they have earned in excess of $5.4 billion and the average retailer is thought to earn around $37,000 per year.
When you head into a retailer to choose your lottery numbers in Massachusetts you have the option of either going for a quick pick where the computer chooses a random selection for you or you can elect to have your own numbers based on things like special dates or birthdays.
It’s not just the big winners that benefit from the Massachusetts lottery results. Every ticket that is bought goes towards funding for state education, returning money to towns and cities that need it, and other good causes. Unlike other states, lottery revenues are not earmarked for any specific cause or area of development, but money is given directly to the cities and towns of the Commonwealth. Over the years, the Massachusetts lottery has returned millions for worthy causes. In the fiscal year of 2013, that reached a record level with $868.9 going into Direct Local Aid.
From retailers to players and the towns and cities of Massachusetts, the lottery continues to provide much needed funds, change people’s lives, and is making a difference every day in the State.