The Mega Millions jackpot this evening is a massive $548m, the third-highest jackpot ever. This is only the sixth time the top prize has gone over the half a billion dollars mark and three have been this year. It’s a good time therefore to look back at the other five times players won a Mega Millions jackpot that was over $500m.
The largest ever Mega Millions jackpot was a $656m top prize in the draw held on March 30, 2012. The draw produced three jackpot winners with tickets sold in Illinois, Maryland and Kansas, each receiving $218.6m. The Maryland win was by a syndicate of three teachers who nicknamed themselves ‘The Three Amigos.’ Patricia and Merle Butler were the Illinois winners and the Kansas winners decided to remain anonymous.
Just eight days before Christmas 2013, two tickets won the second-large Mega Millions top prize, sharing $648m. Ira Curry from Georgia claimed her win the day after the draw but Californian Steve Tran actually forgot buying a ticket for the Mega Millions draw and got a massive surprise when over two weeks later he remembered and discovered he was a multi-millionaire. He quickly phoned his boss and said: “I hit the jackpot. I don’t think I’m going to come in today, tomorrow or ever.”
The next highest jackpot to be won was in the July 24 draw held earlier this year. It was more good news for California as a syndicate of bank workers won the $543m Mega Millions jackpot. They told reporters they’d carry on working despite their enormous lottery win and that’s just what they did.
A family from Indiana had always purchased Powerball tickets but when on July 8, 2016 there was a $536m Mega Millions jackpot, they bought their first ever ticket for that draw and landed the jackpot. They had to search through a load of receipts to find their jackpot winning Mega Millions ticket.
This year also saw Richard Wahl hit the jackpot as he won a Mega Millions prize worth $533m in the March 30 draw. The New Jersey resident was playing for just the second time and initially thought he’d won just $1m before spotting he’d also matched the Mega Ball.
Last year changes were made to the Mega Millions draw promising larger jackpots. It’s worked with tonight’s draw being the third in 2018 with a $500m+ jackpot. Will someone be celebrating this evening or will the top prize climb to $600m?
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