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$550 MILLION: Mega Millions holiday bonanza!

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Half-billion jackpot is 4th-largest of all time

By Todd Northrop

What a wonderful Christmas miracle it will be for some lucky lottery player this year!

After 21 drawings without a jackpot winner, the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game now boasts a swelling jackpot of more than a half-billion dollars that could instantly put someone among the wealthiest people on the planet.

After nobody won Friday night's grand prize, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $550 million — the largest since the record-setting $656 million jackpot set on March 30, 2012, and the 4th-largest United States lottery jackpot of all time (see full list below).

The lump-sum cash value of $295.3 million is also the 4th-largest on the all-time US lottery jackpot cash value list.

The current jackpot run-up started on October 4 as a $12 million grand prize — it has been 2½ months since Mega Millions has had a jackpot winner.

Lottery players wondering what all the cash will look like in their bank account after federal and state taxes are taken out can see an after-tax analysis of the current Mega Millions jackpot by visiting USA Mega's Jackpot Analysis page.

Undoubtedly, the rush of ticket sales over the next few days will propell the jackpot to an even higher amount before the drawing takes place Tuesday.  After all, the Friday drawing was raised an extra $25 million by Friday afternoon.  (See $425 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot raised on huge sales, Lottery Post, Dec. 13, 2013.)

In Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot winner, but 9 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Colorado, 1 from Connecticut, 2 from Florida, 2 from Michigan, 1 from New Jersey, and 2 from New York.

Unfortunately, none of the nine second-prize winners purchased their ticket with the Megaplier option for an extra $1 per play.  If they had, their prize would have been doubled to $2 million, because the Megaplier number drawn was 2.

The Megaplier option is not available in California, because the fixed nature of the prize increase offered with the Megaplier is not compatible with California's pari-mutuel payouts. By law, California awards all prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning the prizes will change each drawing based on the number of tickets sold and the number of tickets that won at each prize level.

Also, a total of 230 tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $5,000 prize. Of those tickets, 20 were purchased with the Megaplier option, doubling the prize to $10,000, and 27 were sold in California, where the prize awarded this drawing is $4,906.

The Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, December 13, 2013, were 19, 24, 26, 27, and 70, with Mega Ball number 12. The Megaplier number was 2.

Following the Friday drawing, the Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was raised $125 million from its previous amount of $425 million. The cash value was raised by $67.1 million, from its previous amount of $228.2 million. 

Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 43 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets cost $1 each.

A 44th Mega Millions state may be added in early 2014, as the state of Wyoming has approved a new state lottery with the intention of joining multi-state lottery games. (See Wyoming officially becomes 44th state with a lottery, Lottery Post, Mar. 14, 2013.)

The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.

Top 25 United States lottery jackpots of all time

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot currently stands as the 4th-largest lottery jackpot of all time in the United States.  That position may rise before the drawing, as lotteries are typically conservative in their initial estimates, and brisk sales may push the jackpot estimate higher by draw time.

  1. Mega Millions: $656 million, Mar. 30, 2012 - Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
  2. Powerball: $590.5 million, May 18, 2013 - Florida
  3. Powerball: $587.5 million, Nov. 28, 2012 - Arizona, Missouri
  4. Mega Millions: $550 million, Dec. 17, 2013 - Preliminary estimate, not won yet
  5. Powerball: $448.4 million, Aug. 7, 2013 - Minnesota, New Jersey (2)
  6. Powerball: $399.4 million, Sep. 18, 2013 - South Carolina
  7. Mega Millions: $390 million, Mar. 6, 2007 - Georgia, New Jersey
  8. Mega Millions: $380 million, Jan. 4, 2011 - Idaho, Washington
  9. Powerball: $365 million, Feb. 18, 2006 - Nebraska
  10. The Big Game: $363 million, May 9, 2000 - Illinois, Michigan
  11. Powerball: $340 million, Oct. 19, 2005 - Oregon
  12. Powerball: $338.3 million, Mar. 23, 2013 - New Jersey
  13. Powerball: $337 million, Aug. 15, 2012 - Michigan
  14. Powerball: $336.4 million, Feb. 11, 2012 - Rhode Island
  15. Mega Millions: $336 million, Aug. 28, 2009 - California, New York
  16. The Big Game: $331 million, Apr. 16, 2002 - Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey
  17. Mega Millions: $330 million, Aug. 31, 2007 - Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia
  18. Mega Millions: $319 million, Mar. 25, 2011 - New York
  19. Mega Millions: $315 million, Nov. 15, 2005 - California
  20. Powerball: $314.9 million, Dec. 26, 2002 - West Virgina
  21. Powerball: $314.3 million, Aug. 25, 2007 - Indiana
  22. Powerball: $295.7 million, Jul. 29, 1998 - Indiana
  23. Powerball: $295 million, Aug. 25, 2001 - Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire
  24. Mega Millions: $294 million, Jul. 2, 2004 - Massachusetts
  25. Powerball: $276.3 million, Mar. 15, 2008 - West Virgina

For those keeping score, the number of jackpots in the top 25, by lottery game, are:

  • Mega Millions: 9
  • Powerball: 14
  • The Big Game: 2

The Big Game is the original name of Mega Millions, from the game's first drawing on Sep. 6, 1996 through May 14, 2002.  The name was changed to Mega Millions starting with the May 17, 2002 drawing.

Top 25 cash value jackpots

Since many lottery winners collect their winnings in cash, the lump-sum payout is an important measure of what a winning ticket could be worth.

Looking at the cash value, the upcoming Mega Millions jackpot ranks as the 4th-largest cash value in U.S. history.

  1. Mega Millions: $471 million cash, Mar. 30, 2012 ($656 million annuity) - Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
  2. Powerball: $384.7 million cash, Nov. 28, 2012 ($587.5 million annuity) - Arizona, Missouri
  3. Powerball: $370.9 million cash, May 18, 2013 ($590.5 million annuity) - Florida
  4. Mega Millions: $295.3 million cash, Dec. 17, 2013 ($550 million annuity) - Preliminary estimate, not won yet
  5. Powerball: $258.2 million cash, Aug. 7, 2013 ($448.4 million annuity) - Minnesota, New Jersey (2)
  6. Mega Millions: $240 million cash, Jan. 4, 2011 ($380 million annuity) - Idaho, Washington
  7. Mega Millions: $233.1 million cash, Mar. 6, 2007 ($390 million annuity) - Georgia, New Jersey
  8. Powerball: $224.7 million cash, Aug. 15, 2012 ($337 million annuity) - Michigan
  9. Powerball: $223.3 million cash, Sep. 18, 2013 ($399.4 million annuity) - South Carolina
  10. Mega Millions: $214 million cash, Aug. 28, 2009 ($336 million annuity) - California, New York
  11. Powerball: $211 million cash, Mar. 23, 2013 ($338.3 million annuity) - New Jersey
  12. Powerball: $210 million cash, Feb. 11, 2012 ($336.4 million annuity) - Rhode Island
  13. Mega Millions: $202.9 million cash, Mar. 25, 2011 ($319 million annuity) - New York
  14. Mega Millions: $194.4. million cash, Aug. 31, 2007 ($330 million annuity) - Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia
  15. Mega Millions: $185 million cash, Nov. 15, 2005 ($315 million annuity) - California
  16. The Big Game: $180 million cash, May 9, 2000 ($363 million annuity) - Illinois, Michigan
  17. Powerball: $177.3 million cash, Feb. 18, 2006 ($365 million annuity) - Nebraska
  18. Mega Millions: $168 million cash, July 2, 2004 ($294 million annuity) - Massachusetts
  19. Mega Millions: $167.7 million cash, Feb. 22, 2008 ($275 million annuity) - Georgia
  20. Powerball: $166 million cash, Aug. 25, 2001 ($295 million annuity) - Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire
  21. Mega Millions: $165.2 million cash, May 4, 2010 ($266 million annuity) - California
  22. Powerball: $164.4 million cash, won Oct. 19, 2005 ($340 million annuity) - Oregon
  23. Mega Millions: $164 million cash, Feb. 28, 2006 ($270 million annuity) - Ohio
  24. Powerball: $161.5 million cash, July 29, 1998 ($295.7 million annuity) - Indiana
  25. Mega Millions: $156.1 million cash, Sept. 16, 2005 ($258 million annuity) - New Jersey

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    Posted: December 14, 2013, 1:41 am - IP Logged

    The FRENZY IS ON!! The local media here in Baltimore was talking about Friday's drawing jackpot on every newscast and interviewing players at convience stores. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Jackpot go to $600 million before the next drawing. Of course, I'm going to get my tickets tomorrow.

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      Posted: December 14, 2013, 1:42 am - IP Logged

      It will hit around the 600 mil mark, I have the premonition, just wish I had the winning series of numbers to hit it!. Best of luck folks!

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        Posted: December 14, 2013, 1:42 am - IP Logged

        Roll baby roll !!!!!!!!!!!!
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          Friday 13, December: 19-24-26-27-70 and mega ball 12 were the drawing numbers. Plus the megaplier was 2 and not 3. Cool, edited already.

          I'd be a fool to surrender when I know I can be a contender...I C U when U get there - Coolio

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            My last numbers were 5-12-28-51-74 and mega ball (13) My picks!

             

            Im thining the next set of numbers are going to be a weird combination. So i will do my best to pick the most messed up combinations possible! WIsh me luck! LOL

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              Posted: December 14, 2013, 1:52 am - IP Logged

              I want to see the line at the Terribles lottery store at the Las Vegas/California border.

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                Posted: December 14, 2013, 1:56 am - IP Logged

                The FRENZY IS ON!! The local media here in Baltimore was talking about Friday's drawing jackpot on every newscast and interviewing players at convience stores. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Jackpot go to $600 million before the next drawing. Of course, I'm going to get my tickets tomorrow.

                Season's Greetings Goteki54,

                 

                     They wanted a Billion Dollar jackpot, and I think they'll get it just before Christmas..........after that drawing, then we'll have ourselves some winners.

                 

                Dreamer,

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                  Posted: December 14, 2013, 1:57 am - IP Logged

                  More money than I could ever dream of. Dream and dream.

                  I'd be a fool to surrender when I know I can be a contender...I C U when U get there - Coolio

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                    My last numbers were 5-12-28-51-74 and mega ball (13) My picks!

                     

                    Im thining the next set of numbers are going to be a weird combination. So i will do my best to pick the most messed up combinations possible! WIsh me luck! LOL

                    Mine were 2-3-42-45-70 and MB 6.  I always seem to get at least one or two correct in all my self picked numbers.  Unfortunately,  I'm still so far away from winning Big Smile

                    I'd be a fool to surrender when I know I can be a contender...I C U when U get there - Coolio

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                      Posted: December 14, 2013, 2:06 am - IP Logged

                      Will this be the 1 billion $$$ jackpot?

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                        Posted: December 14, 2013, 2:11 am - IP Logged

                        Come on people Megapiler! Megapiler! Megapiler!Hyper

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                        2012 wins:$20 loss:$200  2013 wins:$100 loss:$270.00

                        2014 Jan $0 (no play) Feb $0/$46.00 Mar $280/$58 April $80/$37

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                          Posted: December 14, 2013, 2:34 am - IP Logged

                          Spent 10 bucks on it today and got nothing its been like this since the matrix change

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                            Posted: December 14, 2013, 2:35 am - IP Logged

                            I knew the CV was low but seeing it with the other big jackpots really makes it stand out.