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$55 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot claimed by immigrant couple

Topic closed. 17 replies. Last post 10 years ago by JackpotWanna.

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United States
Member #46824
October 1, 2006
270 Posts
Posted: October 30, 2006, 12:17 pm - IP Logged

starchild_45...thanks for your response.  While the article states that the winners got a check that day, I do not think the amount was determined by what the State of Washington collected for that jackpot.

For that particular jackpot run Washington collected $2,453,434.  The amount set aside for the MM jackpot is 31.8% or $780,192 for this run, far below the $1.59 million the winners got that day.

 I found it interesting that the winners got a check equal to the first years annuity payment.  Possibly the MM lotteries wire the winning state the first year amount from their jackpot kitty(which is going to be cash no matter what payment option the winner choses).  

I would be interested in learning some of the behind the scenes steps the lotteries take just in case jackpot where ever to come my way!!  

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    United States
    Member #47406
    November 3, 2006
    1 Posts
    Posted: November 3, 2006, 8:10 pm - IP Logged

    Here is how it works.

    As the money comes in, they calculate how much the expected jackpot is going to be. They then save 1/26th of that in cash (i.e. one year's installment if the yearly payment option is used).

    The remainder is then used to purchase various negotiable and very stable instruments, such as T-bills, such that as they mature, they will supply each year's installment of 1/26th of the jackpot's value, for 25 years.

    When someone wins, they are given the first payment, and the rest is kept on hold until the winner decides what to do.

    If he takes installments, great. If not, then the lottery sells the T-bills and other securities, and gives the winner the lump sum.

    It is done this way because the interest on the T-bills during the time that there is no winner, plus the interest during the delay in selling them after a winning number is picked, is worth thousands of dollars. It also allows them to guarantee the size of the payments, as they have already purchased the securities in question, so they know just what the yield will be.

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      United States
      Member #4121
      March 23, 2004
      817 Posts
      Posted: November 29, 2006, 8:52 am - IP Logged

      How do you deposit $1.59 million in your checking account?  There must be a special account created.