Someone is a lot richer today. One ticket in Florida matched all of the Mega Millions numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing for $1.58 billion, according to the lottery’s website. It is the largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.
The numbers drawn Tuesday were 13-19-20-32-33 and the Megaball was 14. The multiplier was 2X.
The winning amount is the largest in Mega Millions history.
According to WJAX-TV, the winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket at 630 Atlantic Blvd. in Neptune Beach, located east of Jacksonville.
Seven tickets matched five balls. Two tickets in Texas, and one each in California, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were worth $1 million. Two other tickets — one in Florida and one in North Carolina — matched all five balls but were worth $2 million because the ticket holders played the multiplier, which was 2X.
There had not been a winner in nearly four months — 31 consecutive drawings — until Tuesday night. The last time the jackpot was won was on April 18 in Syracuse, New York.
According to The Associated Press, Tuesday’s jackpot was the third-largest in U.S. history.
The next drawing on Friday will be worth $20 million.
Original report: The estimated jackpot edged the previous record of $1.537 billion, won in South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2018. That was the first time the game’s jackpot surpassed $1 billion, lottery officials said in a news release.
Should someone win Tuesday night’s drawing, the $1.58 billion prize is for a winner who takes an annuity option, paid out in 30 annual payments. The lump-sum cash prize is estimated to be $783.3 million, lottery officials said.
The next drawing is scheduled for Friday night.
No one has won the Mega Millions big prize since April 18, when a $20 million jackpot was won on a ticket sold in Syracuse, New York. Tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands for $2 each.
Mega Millions is the only lottery game that has awarded four jackpots topping $1 billion, according to the lottery’s website. The jackpot rose into 10-digit figures one time each in 2018, 2021, 2022 and 2023.
“It’s entertaining for our players, and all of us, to see the Mega Millions jackpot roll to what looks like an all-time game record,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin, lead director of the Mega Millions Consortium, said in a statement. “As jackpot fever continues to sweep the nation, we remind everyone to play responsibly. We also want to thank our players and retailers for their support, which helps us fund good causes in every Mega Millions jurisdiction.”
Here are the top 10 Mega Millions jackpots:
- $1.58 billion — Aug. 8, 2023 (One ticket from Florida).
- $1.537 billion — Oct. 23, 2018 (One ticket from South Carolina).
- $1.348 billion — Jan. 13, 2023 (One ticket from Maine).
- $1.337 billion — July 29, 2022 (One ticket from Illinois).
- $1.050 billion — Jan. 22, 2021 (One ticket from Michigan).
- $656 million — March 30, 2012 (One ticket each from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland).
- $648 million — Dec. 17. 2013 (One ticket each from California and Georgia).
- $543 million — July 24, 2018 (One ticket from California).
- $536 million — July 8, 2016 (One ticket from Indiana).
- $533 million — March 30, 2018 (One ticket from New Jersey).