Somebody just won more than half a billion dollars in Indiana.
The record Mega Millions jackpot was won Friday, July 8. According to the lottery, this is the third time this year that the jackpot was won on the 8th day of the month.
A single ticket matched all 6 numbers drawn on July 8 at 11pm ET. The winning lottery ticket, sold in Indiana, wins a prize estimated at $540 million ($381 million cash). That makes it the third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, and it’s the most ever won on a single Mega Millions ticket.
“It was a great four-month run, resulting in millions of dollars being generated for beneficiaries across the country,” said Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery and Lead Director for the Mega Millions group. “Lucky 8 happened again, as the Mega Millions game had its third jackpot winner of the year on July 8, following winners on January 8 and March 8.”
It remains to be seen if the lottery winner in Indiana comes forward into the public eye. Experts recommend to prepare a team of advisers before claiming the prize.
The winning numbers from the July 8 Mega Millions drawing are: 8, 19, 20, 55 and 73, plus the Mega Ball 5.
In addition to the jackpot win Tuesday night, there were 10 Match 5 winning tickets sold around the country. Seven are worth $1 million each – sold in Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey and Oklahoma. Three included the optional Megaplier, so their tickets are worth $2 million each – sold in Colorado, Florida and Kansas.
In total during this four-month jackpot run since March 8, there have been almost 80 million winning tickets at all prize levels, including 67 Match 5 tickets worth $1 million or more.
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The new Mega Millions Jackpot stands now at $15 million. The next drawing is on Tuesday.