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Posted: July 20, 2017

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $522 million for Tuesday's drawing


By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The winning numbers in Tuesday evening’s drawing of the “Mega Millions” game were: 01-02-04-19-29, Mega Ball: 20, Megaplier: 3

Tuesday’s drawing was set at $522 million with a cash option of $308 million.

Last week, there were no winners in Friday’s Mega Millions means the jackpot keeps rising -- Tuesday’s drawing has topped $493 million.

It’s possible that the prize could surge over the half-billion mark based on ticket sales, lottery officials state.

>> Read more trending news 

Tuesday’s jackpot of $493 million will be the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history.

If there is a winner and they choose the cash payout, they will take home $296 million.

Friday’s winning numbers were 44-14-30-62-1, with a Mega Ball of 1. 

While no one took home the big prize, there were two $1 million ticket winners, in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

There were over 1.8 million winning tickets in Friday’s drawing at all levels, with 47 ticket winners of $10,000.


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The Mega Millions jackpot has reached $422 million ahead of Friday night's drawing on July 20, 2018.

7 biggest lottery jackpots in US history

Someone in the U.S. may stand to win a hefty chunk of change this week.

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The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a whopping $512 million, after nobody won the top prize on Friday. On Tuesday night, when the draw happens, again, a lucky individual might just take that prize home.

According to NBC News, the chances of winning have become slimmer for the Mega Millions. After recent changes, the odds of winning decreased from 1 in 258.9 million to around 1 in 302.6 million. However, officials say these changes will create higher jackpots.

As for Powerball, the odds are slightly better, estimated to be about 1 in 292.2 million.

Although these sums may seem massive to most, they actually are dwarfed by the top jackpots of all time. Here's a look at the seven biggest jackpots in U.S. history, from smallest to largest.

7. $564 million Powerball

This jackpot was split three ways and won on Feb. 11, 2015. Details of two of the winners weren't made public, but for the third winner, Marie Holmes, of North Carolina, the draw was truly life-changing, CNN Money reported.

A single mom, Holmes used to work at Walmart, Subway and McDonald's to support four children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. At the time of winning, she said she planned to use the money to put her children through college, buy a house for her mom and donate some to charity.

6. $587.5 million Powerball

On Nov. 28, 2012, the winning pot was split between Matthew Good and the Hill family of Missouri. Cindy and Mark Hill told their daughter not to get her hopes up, as winning was a long shot, according to a press release from Powerball. But when they realized they had the lucky ticket, they decided to take her on a beach vacation and buy her a horse.

5. $590.5 million Powerball

At 84, Gloria Mackenzie, of Florida, won the entire jackpot alone on May 18, 2013. However, as she revealed, it was a stranger's kindness that allowed her to take home the prize. 

"Another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning quick-pick ticket," she told CNN after winning.

4. $648 million Mega Millions

Ira Curry, of Georgia, and Steve Tran, of California, split the Dec. 17, 2013, jackpot. Curry said she bet using a combination of family birthdays. As for Tran, he was working as a delivery driver at the time and immediately called his boss saying, "I hit the jackpot. I don't think I'm going to come in today, tomorrow or ever."

3. $656 million Mega Millions

Like many of the big wins, this jackpot was split between three winning tickets on March 30, 2012. Merle and Patricia Butler, a retired couple from Illinois, took home a third of the change. A group of friends in Maryland, calling themselves the "three amigos," claimed a third as well. The final winner was never revealed, but the ticket was purchased in Kansas.

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2. $758.7 million Powerball

Mavis Wanczyk purchased the winning ticket in Massachusetts, making history as the biggest single winner in North American history. The win came earlier this year, on August 23, 2017.

After winning, Wanczyk told her boss: "I will not be coming back."

1. $1.6 billion Powerball

Although it was split three ways, none of the winners could complain too much about sharing the record-shattering Jan. 13, 2016, jackpot. John and Lisa Robinson, of Tennessee, Maureen Smith, of Florida, and Mae and Marvin Acosta, of California – who took six months to claim their winnings – split the prize three ways.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

20-year-old Florida man wins $451 million lotto jackpot

He’s not old enough to buy beer, which could be about the only thing Shane Missler can’t purchase now that he’s won the lottery. 

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Missler, 20, claimed the $451 million Mega Million jackpot, officials with the Florida Lottery said Friday. He decided to take the lump sum payout - about $282 million. 

"I'm only 20, but I hope to use it to pursue a variety of passions, help my family and do some good for humanity," Missler said in a statement

He bought the winning ticket Jan. 5 from a Port Richey 7-Eleven. The convenience store will also get $100,000 for selling the winning ticket. 

After realizing that he had won, Missler called his brother. The next morning, he told his father over cups of coffee.

Missler has “retired” from his job at a background screening company and plans to move, according to the Tampa Bay Times

“Although I’m young, I’ve had a crash course this week in financial management and I feel so fortunate to have this incredible wealth and team behind me,” he said.

North Carolina man rolled his eyes at wife before buying winning lottery ticket

The winner of Monday’s Lucky for Life lottery in North Carolina may never be able to roll his eyes at his wife ever again.

Darrin Nunnery won Monday’s $390,000 jackpot after his wife asked him to buy her a $2 lottery ticket. 

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Nunnery’s wife called to him, “Get me a Lucky For Life ticket,” and he apparently rolled his eyes at her, according to a tweet from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Lottery for Life winners can choose to take a lump sum or $25,000 a year for life.

Nunnery chose the lump sum of $390,000, according to WRAL. After federal and state withholdings, he took home nearly $275,000.

He told WRAL he plans to spend the money on some home improvement projects, pay bills and donate to his church.

The odds of winning the N.C. Education Lottery are one in 1.8 million, WRAL said. Nunnery is the 16th person to win the prize so far in North Carolina.

22-year-old uses ‘odd’ strategy to win $2 million on lotto scratch off

A 22-year-old man whose strategy is to only play odd-numbered scratch off tickets, won $2 million from the Michigan Lottery’s Diamond Dazzler game.

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The player, who wanted to remain anonymous, took the lump-sum payout of $1.3 million Wednesday, according to lottery officials

“Winning this much money at my age gives me endless opportunities if I’m smart about how I spend it, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” he said.

The win came from the player’s odd strategy. 

He walked into the Busatti Party Store and asked the clerk what number the ticket was on his favorite game, the Diamond Dazzler. 

“Twenty-one,” she replied. 

He had to have it. He scratched the $20 ticket off in the store and saw it was a winner. He looked at the clerk then at his friend who was with him before running out to his car.

He plans to buy a new vehicle and invest the rest. 

More than $72 million in prizes remain, including two $2 million top prizes.

Man sentenced for bank robbery 20 years after winning lottery

A California man who won the lottery 20 years ago was sentenced to prison for bank robbery Thursday.

James Allen Hayes was sentenced to 33 months in prison after pleading guilty to four federal counts of bank robbery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

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Hayes won $19 million in the SuperLotto jackpot in 1998, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 35-year-old security guard supervisor didn’t have a savings account and intended to use the winnings for IRS payments, a vacation, his car and friends and family.

“I'm not going to blow the money,” Hayes told the newspaper. “I know I'll change. But only for the better.”

Nearly 20 years later, authorities were searching for a man accused of robbing at least nine banks in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties. The man, nicknamed the “Seasoned Bandit,” would pass a note to a teller demanding cash and threatening gun violence, according to a Sept. 2017 FBI press release.

The bank robber, identified as Hayes, was arrested in October and accused of stealing nearly $40,000, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Hayes’s public defender, Hilary Potashner, said in a court document that her client was a victim of the “lottery curse,” according to KTLA.

Hayes split the lottery winnings with his ex-wife and spent much of his $6 million lump sum on taxes and bad investments.

His public defender wrote that Hayes became “poor and destitute” after losing his job, home and health insurance in the year leading up to his arrest, KTLA reported.

He became addicted to opiates after surgery and started using heroin after losing his health insurance, according to the court filing.

At the time of his arrest, Hayes was living in an abandoned garage, authorities told CBS Los Angeles.

Woman vows to sue nephew over $1.2 million lottery prize

A lottery jackpot check presentation turned into a family feud when the woman who put her nephew’s name on the winning ticket refused to split the prize and vowed to sue for the remaining portion. 

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Barbara Reddick gave her nephew Tyrone MacInnes $100 to buy tickets for Chase the Ace, a lottery with a jackpot that had reached $1.2 million, and told him to put his name on the ticket as well, for good luck, the CBC reported she said.

“He’s always lucky with his draws, right?” Reddick, of Guysborough, Nova Scotia, told The Province. “I said ‘Well, put your name on the ticket and you’ll be my good luck charm.’ I didn’t say split. I never mentioned money at all.”

When their card was picked, it was Tyrone, who lives in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, whose contact information was on the ticket, who was called, according to the CBC. They found out they won and Tyrone wanted half, she told The Province

“I would have given him $150,000,” she said. “Listen, Tyrone was the son that I never had. Me and Tyrone -- ask anybody -- we’re very very close … . Tyrone is getting nothing from me. It’s just for the principle. We were so close. He broke my heart. He broke it. … People go crazy when it comes to money.”

At a check-presentation ceremony Thursday, Reddick was visibly distraught and as the cameras clicked, she quickly told her nephew that she would see him in court. 

"I'm taking him to court. I'm getting a lawyer tomorrow,” she told the CBC.

Lottery officials were dismayed with the way the presentation devolved.

"I can't really explain it. I didn't expect anything like that to happen. I just came to deliver the checks and present them to the winners,” Bernice Curley, chair of the Chase the Ace lottery, told the CBC. “I'm a little bit disappointed that happened at the end."

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $522 million for Tuesday's drawing

The winning numbers in Tuesday evening’s drawing of the “Mega Millions” game were: 01-02-04-19-29, Mega Ball: 20, Megaplier: 3 Tuesday’s drawing was set at $522 million with a cash option of $308 million. Last week, there were no winners in Friday’s Mega Millions means the jackpot keeps rising -- Tuesday’s drawing has topped $493 million. It’s possible that the prize could surge over the half-billion mark based on ticket sales, lottery officials state. >> Read more trending news  Tuesday’s jackpot of $493 million will be the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history. If there is a winner and they choose the cash payout, they will take home $296 million. Friday’s winning numbers were 44-14-30-62-1, with a Mega Ball of 1.  While no one took home the big prize, there were two $1 million ticket winners, in Illinois and Pennsylvania. There were over 1.8 million winning tickets in Friday’s drawing at all levels, with 47 ticket winners of $10,000.
  7 biggest lottery jackpots in US history
  20-year-old Florida man wins $451 million lotto jackpot
  North Carolina man rolled his eyes at wife before buying winning lottery ticket
  22-year-old uses ‘odd’ strategy to win $2 million on lotto scratch off
  Man sentenced for bank robbery 20 years after winning lottery
  Woman vows to sue nephew over $1.2 million lottery prize
  Mega Millions jackpot reaches $522 million for Tuesday's drawing
  Mega Millions $522M jackpot: Winning ticket sold in California

Mega Millions $522M jackpot: Winning ticket sold in California

The winning ticket in Tuesday night’s $522 million Mega Millions drawing was sold in California, officials said.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 4:46 a.m. EDT July 25: A Mega Millions lottery ticket sold in San Jose, California, was the only one that matched all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing to win a massive $522 million jackpot.

Six tickets matched five numbers for a $1 million prize, while two tickets matched five numbers, including the Megaplier, for a $3 million prize.

The winning numbers were 1, 2, 4, 19, 29 and Mega Ball 20 with a 3x Megaplier.

Update 1:16 a.m. EDT July 25: At least one Mega Millions lottery ticket matched all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing for a massive $522 million jackpot.

“We have one #MegaMillions jackpot winning ticket in #California,” the California Lottery tweeted late Tuesday. “We're still awaiting results from other states. The winning California ticket was sold in #SanJose at Ernie's Liquors on South White Road.”

It is not yet known if any other tickets matched the winning numbers, which were 1, 2, 4, 19, 29 and Mega Ball 20 with a 3x Megaplier.

>> See the tweet here

Original story: The winning numbers in Tuesday evening’s drawing of the “Mega Millions” game were: 01-02-04-19-29, Mega Ball: 20, Megaplier: 3

Tuesday’s drawing was set at $522 million with a cash option of $308 million.

Last week, there were no winners in Friday’s Mega Millions means the jackpot keeps rising -- Tuesday’s drawing has topped $493 million.

It’s possible that the prize could surge over the half-billion mark based on ticket sales, lottery officials state.

>> Read more trending news 

Tuesday’s jackpot of $493 million will be the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history.

If there is a winner and they choose the cash payout, they will take home $296 million.

Friday’s winning numbers were 44-14-30-62-1, with a Mega Ball of 1. 

While no one took home the big prize, there were two $1 million ticket winners, in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

There were over 1.8 million winning tickets in Friday’s drawing at all levels, with 47 ticket winners of $10,000.

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