The Mega Millions prize rose to the second largest in history with an estimated prize of $ 750 million.
The jackpot ballooned to its highest gross since a $ 1.5 billion winning ticket was sold in South Carolina in October 2018 after no ticket holder successfully matched all six winning numbers since September.
If someone matches all six numbers on a drawing, they’ll be presented with the option to choose $ 750 million a year to be paid out over 29 years or $ 550.6 million in cash.
Mega Millions has warned of potential fraud attempts seeking to cash in on the big jackpot, including using the Mega Millions name and logo to appear legitimate.
“We remind consumers that the only way to win millions of Mega Millions is to first purchase a ticket from a US lottery and then match some or all of the winning numbers drawn. There are no random prizes for $ 1 million worth of prizes and / or merchandise via social media, media sites, apps, or via calls. Telephone, texts and emails. ” “There are no sweepstakes or international prizes. Most importantly, no Mega Millions representative will contact individuals to inform them of the prize. If you haven’t bought a ticket, you haven’t won Mega Millions.”
The record-breaking $ 1.5 billion prize winner waited about five months to come forward and demand a one-time payment of $ 877,784,124 but chose not to be identified.