$522 Million Mega Millions Jackpot Won In California

$522 Million Mega Millions Jackpot Won In California

The 11th largest US Lottery jackpot has a winning ticket.

The winning ticket was sold in a liquor store in San Jose, California, but the winner has yet to be identified. The fifth largest Mega Millions jackpot was finally claimed at a $522 million jackpot. If the winner takes the lump sum, they would receive around $308 million before taxes. The store will also receive a million for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 1, 2, 4, 19, 29 and Mega Ball 20. A total of 22 drawings came and passed without a winner, allowing the jackpot to pass half a billion.

There were eight other players that won a prize by matching all five white balls. Six players won the $1 million prize (Arizona, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, two in New Jersey), and two players snagged $3 million each with the optional Megaplier (Massachusetts and Texas). The jackpot resets to $40 million for the next drawing, which will be on July 27th.

California and New Jersey Win Big

The $522 million jackpot trails just behind the $533 million won just earlier this year in New Jersey. It’s the 6th jackpot winner in the US lottery this year, the third for Mega Millions. On the all time list, it’s the 11th largest lottery jackpot won in the US.

With this win, California has their 7th jackpot winner in the top 40 largest lottery jackpot wins in the US. They trail only New Jersey, which has 9 total top 40 jackpot winners. New York technically leads the way with 45 lottery jackpot winners, but only three of those wins have been inside the top 40. California and New Jersey have also combined for the last 3 wins.

Midwest Likes Powerball, Northeast Likes Mega Millions

Interestingly, there’s a massive regional split between Powerball and Mega Millions winners. The Midwest accounts for roughly 40% of all Powerball jackpot wins, with Indiana (39), Missouri (31), and Minnesota (22) in the top three of Powerball jackpot wins and accounting for a quarter of all wins by themselves.

Meanwhile, the Northeast and California account for much more of the Mega Millions jackpot winners. New York leads the most Mega Millions winners with 36, followed by California at 29. New Jersey and Ohio tied for third with 19 winners each. Michigan and Illinois both appear in the top 10 of Mega Millions jackpot winners with 17 and 11.

It’s easy enough to figure out where the divide comes from: Mega Millions and Powerball started in different places at different times. Only Illinois and Michigan offered Midwest players the opportunity to play Mega Millions before 2010 while only joining Powerball lotteries in 2010 themselves. Meanwhile, most of the Midwest jumped on the Powerball wagon by 1990 and only joined Mega Millions in 2010.

Why is 2010 a popular year? In October of 2009, the Mega Millions consortium and Multi-State Lottery Association (who runs Powerball) reached an agreement to cross-sell both lotteries across each other’s territory. As of 2018, only four states don’t offer Mega Millions or Powerball.

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