Someone in Arizona has a winning ticket for the Mega Millions lottery jackpot that’s worth an estimated $410 million. This is the state’s first time to win the big jackpot. Just before 1 a.m. Eastern, we learned that someone did win the jackpot, which will now reset at $20 million.
Someone in Arizona Has Won the Mega Millions Jackpot
Mega Millions lottery results are typically announced within one to two hours of the drawing. The drawing takes place at 11 p.m. Eastern every Tuesday and Friday, and a winning ticket was announced shortly before 1 a.m. Eastern.
Mega Millions shared in a June 10 press release that one ticket won the entire $410 million jackpot. The winner is from Arizona and it’s the state’s first Mega Millions jackpot win. To claim a prize this large in Arizona, the winner must sign the ticket, fill out a Winner Claim Form, and deliver it with an ID to the Phoenix or Tucson Arizona Lottery Office. In addition to 24% in federal taxes, the winner will also have to pay 4.8% in state income taxes.
According to Arizona law, we may never learn the winner’s name, because state law lets them request permanent confidentiality. Here are the rules according to Arizona Lottery:
As a state agency, and due to the fact that winnings are comprised of public money, the Arizona Lottery is subject to public disclosure laws. After 90 days, a winner’s name, city of residence, and the amount won becomes public record and may be release upon request. In addition, the Lottery may issue a press release stating the above-mentioned information as well as the date won, retailer name, and location. Additional information may also be included if the winner has agreed that it can be released. Winners of prizes $100,000 or greater, however, may request permanent confidentiality of their name.”
Here are the winning numbers for June 9:
The winning numbers are 1 – 5 – 9 – 10 – 23 and a Mega Ball of 22. The Megaplier is 2x.
Mega Millions updated its website to show the jackpot is starting over at $20 million on Friday. The June 9 Mega Millions is worth $410 million with the annuity option. If you take the cash option, then it’s worth $308.2 million.
The next drawing is Friday at 11 p.m. Eastern and it’s for a $20 million jackpot with a cash option of $15.4 million.
You can check your numbers against any drawing in the last 30 days to five years here. This is a quick way to determine if you’re holding a winning ticket.
Mega Millions’ Largest Jackpot Was in October 2018
Back in October 2018, Mega Millions reached a jackpot level of more than $1 billion, which just about tied Powerball for the largest jackpot in U.S. history. Mega Millions’ jackpot was $1.6 billion and it was won by someone in South Carolina. That person chose to stay anonymous, ABC News reported.
Powerball’s largest jackpot was in January 2016, when it was $1.6 billion too. Back then, in January 2016, the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot was split among three winners in Tennessee, Florida, and Chino Hills, California. The first to claim their prize were John and Lisa Robinson from Tennessee, who appeared on the Today show two days later. The Robinsons said they intended to continue working, pay off their mortgage, and help with their daughter’s student loans.
Since Mega Millions changed the jackpot rules in October 2017, the jackpots have grown bigger more consistently. But in April 2020, Mega Millions changed the rules again. The jackpots now start at $20 million rather than $40 million because of lessened interest during the pandemic. In addition, the jackpots aren’t guaranteed to increase by $5 million if no one wins. The increase is instead based on interest and tickets purchased.
The odds of winning Mega Millions are 1 in 302.6 million, which are actually less than the odds of winning the Powerball, which is 1 in 292.2 million.
In order to win the jackpot, you’d need to match all five white balls and the yellow Mega ball.
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