California Powerball Jackpot Winners Come Forward

The six-month wait to find the third and final winning ticket holder from January’s record-breaking Powerball draw is over. California couple Mavin and Mae Acosta successfully matched all five main numbers and the Powerball to join John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee and Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt of Melbourne Beach, Florida in sharing an incredible jackpot of $1.58 billion, the largest prize total offered in lottery history. Their huge win was the talk of the lottery world for months, with many fearing that no one would come forward to claim the prize before the deadline.

With the draw having taken place back on January 13th of this year, the lucky couple deliberately delayed collecting their prize while they sought financial advice. In a statement released by California Lottery, the pair gave a brief idea of how they were going to use their massive windfall to help others: “While many decisions are still to be made, we have committed nearly all of this new resource to a Trust and to charities that are important to us.” Mr and Mrs Acosta, who won $528.8 million, opted to take the cash option of $327.8 million. The couple maintained that they were “very grateful for the wonderful wishes and encouragement” they had received, but made it clear that they wanted to remain as private as possible and they did not want to become public figures.

The Acosta’s decision to hold back and seek advice before claiming their prize is one that has been applauded by California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez. In a statement released by the organisation, Mr. Lopez said: “It may have taken six months for them to come to one of our offices, but these winners did just what we tell all our winners to do — they read our Winner’s Handbook and then assembled a team of legal and financial advisors to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life as Lottery winners. We couldn’t be happier for them and are thrilled they took the time to assemble the right team before coming in to claim.”

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a Powerball jackpot of your own, Saturday’s jackpot is estimated to be worth an amazing $390 million. Powerball tickets are available to buy online or from any authorized retailer in participating states and jurisdictions. Good luck!

SuperEnalotto Reaches First Anniversary of Last Jackpot Win

Italy’s SuperEnalotto is next drawn on Saturday night, a year to the day since the last time a player matched all six main numbers in the game. This weekend’s jackpot is worth €108.9 million, the fourth-largest in the lottery’s history and the result of 156 rollovers in the 12 months since a player from Acireale in Sicily banked €21.8 million on 16th July 2015.

Players looking for omens might think that the jackpot is ripe for the plucking on this notable date and may even look towards the lucky numbers from that draw for an idea of what might come up tomorrow evening. The last SuperEnalotto jackpot winner played 22, 27, 29, 49, 69 and 87. If you could beat the odds and match all six main numbers and the SuperStar, which was 86 on 16th July 2015, you would be rewarded with a bonus of €2 million on top of the already bulging top prize pool.

Looking to the statistics of the game, the numbers drawn most often are 1, 55, 81, 85, 88 and 90 with SuperStar 49, whilst the numbers most overdue an appearance in the winning line are 13, 21, 37, 46, 69 and 78 with SuperStar 72. If you would prefer to leave your selection to chance instead, you could use the Lotto.net Number Generator, which wll provide you with a random line of balls to play in the draw.

Lottery fans from outside Italy can also join in with the first birthday celebrations by playing through an online lottery concierge service. The service takes your order and sends a representative based in Italy to buy official SuperEnalotto tickets on your behalf, providing you with a scan of the entries in your player account as proof of ownership. You will receive smaller prizes instantly and, if you break this current run of rollovers, could even be flown to the country to pick up the jackpot in person!

Take a look at the Lotto Tickets section to find out more about getting involved with what is currently Europe’s biggest jackpot. Good luck!

$540 Million Mega Millions Jackpot up for Grabs Tonight

Mega Millions fans from across the world are snapping up tickets as the jackpot hits an incredible $540 million ahead of tonight’s draw. The top prize has reached such a colossal size thanks to 34 consecutive rollovers, the longest run that the lottery has ever seen, and is now the third-largest grand prize in the game’s history.

Mega Millions has been forced to live in the shadow of Powerball ever since the rival lottery practically tore up the record books with a $1.58 billion prize in January 2016, surpassing the previous record set by a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012. In fact, Mega Millions fans have not seen a top prize of this size since December 17th 2013 when Ira Curry of Georgia and Steve Tran of California each secured a share of $648 million. Should there be no winner of the jackpot this evening, the top prize could go on to rival some of the highest sums ever won, especially as the prize total has already leapt from $508 million to $540 million in the space of just a few days.

Tonight’s jackpot can boast more than just being the third-largest Mega Millions prize ever offered, as it will also become the seventh largest lottery prize in history if it is claimed. This latest prize dwarfs the $448.4 million Powerball prize won by three lucky ticket holders on August 7th 2013, and is now only just behind a $564.1 million sum split by three players in February 2015, again courtesy of Powerball. A win this evening would even place the lucky ticket holder amongst the likes of Gloria MacKenzie in the $500+ million lottery winners’ club, an achievement that would surely sit well with them as they check their bank account balance.

There is no doubt that such a sizeable jackpot would prove life-changing for any player. If you’d like to be in with a chance of walking away with this incredible prize, tickets can be purchased from any authorised retailer in participating states or online from across the globe. Don’t forget that you can find the winning line for tonight’s game on the Mega Millions Numbers [link to lotto.net/mega-millions/numbers] page after the balls have been drawn in Atlanta, George at approximately 11:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

Good luck!

Your Mega Millions Questions Answered

As America gears up for the third-largest Mega Millions jackpot of all time, set at an astonishing $415 million for tonight’s game, many people will have questions about the ins and outs of one of the country’s biggest lotteries. There are quite a few misconceptions out there about how to play, how to win and how to receive your prize, so why not read on and get answers to your Mega Millions questions?

 

Is it easier to win when the jackpot is lower?

When you play Mega Millions, you’re wagering that the numbers you chose will match the numbers selected at random during the draw. You aren’t directly competing with other players to win the jackpot, you’re simply hoping that you hold the winning combination once the draw is finished. It is true that fewer people play when jackpots are lower, which would make it more likely that you wouldn’t have to share any potential windfall, but your odds of hitting the jackpot are still 1 in 258,890,850 no matter what the top prize is worth.

Is it better to buy a Quick Pick or choose your own numbers?

Some players prefer to leave it to fate and buy a Quick Pick instead of choosing their own numbers when they buy tickets. Others like to build their lines based on dates that carry a personal meaning for them. One method of playing the game isn’t necessarily better than the other, as the balls are drawn entirely at random and it makes no difference whether a person bought a computer-generated line or created their own. However, it might be better to choose a Quick Pick as it could help you achieve a better spread of numbers than if you based your lines on special occasions, all of which would limit you to just 31 numbers.

If you’re in doubt, you can always buy one Quick Pick and buy another line with your own numbers!

 

Why is the cash option so much lower than the estimated jackpot?

The cash option represents the amount of money on hand in the Mega Millions jackpot fund at the time. If you choose the cash option, you’ll be paid that amount as a lump sum and can do with it as you please.

If you want to receive the full estimated value of the jackpot or close to it, you can always choose the annuity option, in which the cash sum is then invested for you and payments are made to you on an annual basis. You’d receive one initial payments, followed by 29 annual payments which increase in value by five percent as the years go on.

Keep in mind that federal (and sometimes state) taxes are applicable on all Mega Millions jackpots. For example, if you won $415 million, but your ticket was purchased in California and you chose an annuity, you would receive $415 million before taxes by the end of your payment schedule. However, accounting for federal taxes of 25 percent on lottery prizes, you would ultimately net $311.2 million.

 

If I choose an annuity, do payments stop when I die?

If you pass away before your annuity payments are finished, Mega Millions will continue to make payments to your estate or to the person or persons you designate as a beneficiary. Payments will not stop simply because the original winner is dead. Your heirs and beneficiaries can then choose how to spend the money accordingly, and would be responsible for any taxes on the money.

The age of a Mega Millions winner can sometimes affect how they choose to receive their winnings, but regardless of whichever option they choose, the money owed to them will be paid.

 

Can I play Mega Millions if I’m not a US citizen?

You don’t have to be a US citizen or even live in the country in order to buy Mega Millions tickets. As long as your entry was purchased in a participating state, you are in with a chance of winning the jackpot. You might be a tourist who decides to buy a few lines while visiting New York City, you could be living in Spain but have relatives in Miami, or you could be trying your luck by buying lotto tickets through an online concierge service – all of these options would still make it possible for you to play for the world’s largest jackpot at the moment.

Tickets for tonight’s Mega Millions draw are available online or from lottery retailers across participating states and jurisdictions. Good luck!

Sixth-Largest Mega Millions Prize in History Up for Grabs

Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth an astonishing $363 million, the largest prize seen in the game since March 18th, 2014 and the sixth-largest jackpot in the history of the game. While no player has been able to match all five main numbers and the Mega Ball since March 8th of this year, there have still been some great windfalls distributed to ticket holders in recent weeks, including a syndicate from Rhode Island who matched all five main numbers and the Megaplier to win an incredible $5 million on June 17th.

Hitting the entire jackpot tonight would see you become the biggest single prize winner in the history of the game, surpassing Harold Diamond of New York. The retired school principal won $326 million in November 2014, and took a cash payout of $197.4 million before taxes.

You’d still be a long way off the biggest Mega Millions jackpot, however – in March 2012, a colossal $656 million was shared between ticket holders in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. The prize also boasts the title of the second-largest lottery jackpot in history.

All it takes for a chance to win big on Mega Millions is a single ticket. By this time tomorrow, you could be preparing to add a nine-figure sum to your bank account if you choose to take part in the game and beat the odds.

You can play Mega Millions online from anywhere in the world or visit retailers in participating states and jurisdictions to buy physical tickets. Good luck!

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