States have different rules, so depending on where you purchased the ticket, you have from 180 days to a year. The lump sum cash payout is estimated at $US354.3 million.
A Floresville resident claimed a little over $5 million from a Mega Millions ticket purchased at a San Antonio corner store. But by Tuesday night's drawing, officials estimate that 75 percent will be sold.
That would make it the fifth-largest jackpot in USA history.
Most people don't expect to win and instead think the $2 ticket is a small price to dream and be part of a wishful conversation with co-workers or family. In doing so, Powerball changed the odds of winning the jackpot from one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million.
In case you are betting with friends, make sure to have something in writing, where everyone agrees to the terms of what's going to happen. In Michigan, winners are anonymous unless they win Mega Millions or Powerball prizes.
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Because no Mega Millions winners emerged, the next scheduled drawing on Tuesday was projected to be worth a record $1.6 billion.
The victor of the Mega Millions $1.6 billion jackpot should get some good financial advice and keep in mind to sign the ticket, game director Gordon Medenica told NBC's "Today".
The record $1.6-billion Mega Millions draw in the United States is not limited to Americans.
I love my job, but if my numbers come up with week. The most hit Mega Ball number is 9. The game also has changed over the years, so some numbers included weren't always in the mix. New York, with the nation's fourth-largest population, leads with seven winners.
In California, $267 million has been collected in Mega Millions sales over the past 25 rolls. The games are played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.
The lottery fever sweeping the United States has some billionaire hopefuls feeling anxious: Can a record jackpot in your pocket be too much of a good thing?