Mega Millions hits $167 million. Beware going in on tickets with co-workers
With the Mega Millions jackpot at more than $167 million for Tuesday night’s drawing, it might be tempting to go in on tickets with co-workers.
Proceed with caution.
Jason Kurland, a partner at Rivkin Radler, a law firm in Uniondale, New York, said: “If you go in on an office pool, make sure it’s done right”.
Kurland, who specializes in helping lottery winners, said: “People don’t treat it like a transaction [potentially] worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but that’s essentially what it is”.
The numbers are 7 -18 -29 -32 -45 Mega Ball 17 Megaplier 3x. The next drawing is Tuesday night.
Mega Millions draws on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. The odds of winning the jackpot with a ticket are 1-in-302,575,350.
With no winning tickets hitting all the Mega Millions numbers on Friday, the estimated jackpot now stands at $167 million, or $100 million if the winner chooses a lump-sum payment instead of spreading it out over 30 years.
While not among the top 10 biggest prizes in the game’s history, it would nevertheless be a huge amount of money to handle.
For starters, it would be much harder to follow the expert advice to remain anonymous in states where winners are permitted to shield their identity from the public. If you win in a pool, there are already potential leakers from the get-go.
Largest Mega Millions jackpots
Number of winning tickets
Where tickets were bought
|2||$648 million||12/17/2013||2||California, Georgia|
|1||$656 million||3/30/2012||3||Kansas, Illinois, Maryland|
|4||$533 million||3/30/2018||1||New Jersey|
|7||$414 million||3/18/2014||2||Forida, Maryland|
|9||$390 million||3/6/2007||2||Georgia, New Jersey|
|10||$380 million||1/4/2011||2||Idaho, Washington|
Mega Millions tickets cost $2.00 per play or $5.00 when you play it online via online lottery sites.
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