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Indiana lottery ticket wins $540 million Mega Millions jackpot

Jul 9, 2016, 8:52 am

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Updated: Added location where winning ticket was sold

By Todd Northrop

One winning ticket sold in The Hoosier State beat the odds and matched all the numbers drawn in Friday's Mega Millions drawing to win the colossal $540 million jackpot.

The numbers that single lottery ticket from Indiana matched in Friday's drawing were 8, 19, 20, 55, and 73, with Mega Ball number 5.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Speedway at 1589 N State Road 1 in Cambridge City, Indiana.

The lucky ticket holder will be the sole recipient of the third largest Mega Millions pot in history, and the seventh-biggest prize in U.S. lottery history, surpassing an August 2013 Powerball prize of $448.4 million, shared by a ticket from Minnesota and two tickets from New Jersey.

This is by far the largest lottery prize won in the state of Indiana. The previous record in the state was a $314.3 million Powerball jackpot won on Aug. 25, 2007, claimed by a retired auto worker and his 2 children.

This is the third top-10 jackpot so far in 2016. In January, there were three winning tickets for a $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot — by far the largest in history — and a group of eight players in New Jersey won a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot in May.

But perhaps even more important is the lump-sum cash option of $380 million, since most big winners claim the up-front cash rather than the annuity amount paid in 30 annual installments.

It's the fifth-largest cash value in U.S. lottery history, and the second-largest Mega Millions cash value ever awarded.  If the winner chooses the cash payout option, it will be the largest cash payout to a single lottery ticket in history, surpassing the $370.9 million cash payout to Florida Powerball winner Gloria MacKenzie in May of 2013.

Besides Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot winner another 10 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Colorado, 1 from Connecticut, 1 from Florida, 1 from Kansas, 1 from Louisiana, 1 from Maryland, 1 from Massachusetts, 1 from Missouri, 1 from New Jersey, and 1 from Oklahoma.

Three of the second-prize winners — the tickets sold in Colorado, Florida, and Kansas — purchased their tickets with the Megaplier option for an extra $1 per play and doubled their prize 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.

Another 200 tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $5,000 prize. Of those tickets, 22 were purchased with the Megaplier option, increasing the prize to $10,000, and 24 were sold in California, where the prize is worth $6,264 this drawing.

The $540 million jackpot started building from its $15 million starting point on March 11. The jackpot run-up of a record 35 drawings produced more than 79.6 million winning tickets across all prize levels, including the one jackpot winner and 67 second-tier prizes of $1 million or more.

Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 44 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.

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

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helpmewin's avatar - dandy
United States
Member #106661
February 22, 2011
19967 Posts

Congratulations to the Happy WinnersParty


    Groppo's avatar - cat anm.gif

    United States
    Member #162626
    January 7, 2015
    778 Posts

    Congratulations to the Happy WinnersParty


    Honestly, I could cry.
    But I realize that eventually, it had to be somebody.

    Mr. Groppo





    (There, there Groppochini, there will be other drawings.)

    • Don't chase the numbers you play.
    • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
    • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
               (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
    • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
      whiteballz's avatar - Lottery-015.jpg
      Nutley, New Jersey
      United States
      Member #131054
      August 1, 2012
      901 Posts

      Congratulations to the winner/winners.



        United States
        Member #171237
        January 4, 2016
        94 Posts

        If one individual claims this ticket and elects the cash option, wouldn't this be the largest lump sum payment for a single claim?

          United States
          Member #171215
          January 3, 2016
          173 Posts

          Congrats to the winner(s)! Thanks for now making this a fantastic time to win PB!

            United States
            Member #161110
            November 17, 2014
            138 Posts

            If one individual claims this ticket and elects the cash option, wouldn't this be the largest lump sum payment for a single claim?

            Gloria Mackenzie- $ 590 million

              Think's avatar - lightbulb
              Marquette, MI
              United States
              Member #20540
              August 20, 2005
              881 Posts

              Well, if it rolls like this again then the next stop is November!

              Looks like this time people started kicking in at around $400,000,000.

              Note to conspiracy theorists there wasn't even a second prize in Michigan.

              As for me I missed third prize (8,20,53,72,75  5) and got 10 bux.

              Congrats to the winner and I hope they are an LP member.

              There is no truth in the "news" and no news in the truth!

              (Another saying from Russia that has been going around here since the collapse of the CCCP.  Anyway, fake news started at least as far back as the invention of the printing press!)


                United States
                Member #170703
                December 13, 2015
                202 Posts

                I can't wait  for my turn in about 3 or 4 years from now when the jackpot will be huge again. What?

                Either MM will have to change its matrix or it will no longer be a game in the future. Poor sales, poor sales, poor sales.


                  United States
                  Member #171237
                  January 4, 2016
                  94 Posts

                  Gloria Mackenzie- $ 590 million

                   Looked her info up, that's the jackpot amount, the cash value was 370.9..

                    United States
                    Member #106130
                    February 13, 2011
                    806 Posts

                    Very tempted to drive to Indiana now and buy Powerball tickets.  Indiana is now "Can't lose"

                      LottoMetro's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
                      United States
                      Member #146340
                      September 1, 2013
                      1146 Posts

                      Looking at gross this is largest single-ticket cash.

                      However, technically Gloria would still come out on top in real $.

                      Florida has no state tax on lotto

                      Indiana has 3.4% tax, reducing prize to about $367.08 million before Federal

                      If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
                      If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

                      P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

                        pickone4me's avatar - lightbulb
                        United States
                        Member #104958
                        January 23, 2011
                        1153 Posts

                        I checked the winners page on both MM & PB, doesn't appear to be much jack pot wins for indiana, so on that note I guess congrats are in order.  I will revoke my congrats if the winner is from an often winning state.


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                          United States
                          Member #129221
                          June 13, 2012
                          592 Posts

                          I have not even checked my tickets yet!!

                            Republic of Texas
                            United States
                            Member #57555
                            January 9, 2008
                            1095 Posts

                            Congrats to the SINGLE TICKET winner!!!!!