Mega Millions Jackpot Surges to $422 million: The best time to try your luck !

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The Mega Millions lottery result on Friday, July 13, 2018 has found three lucky persons becoming millionaires. However, no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night – the white balls 40, 41, 61, 66 and 67, plus the gold Mega Ball 12. As a result, Friday’s jackpot is estimated at a whopping $422 million ($254.8 million cash). If won at that level, it would be the sixth largest Mega Millions prize ever!

Specifically, there were plenty of big winners Tuesday night. Three tickets matched the five white balls to win $1 million each; they were sold in Florida, New Jersey and Oklahoma. Twenty-five tickets matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball for the game’s $10,000 third prize. Two of those are actually worth $50,000 each because they included the optional Megaplier (available in most states for an extra $1 purchase), which was 5x Tuesday night.

There were a total of 1,248,999 winning tickets at all prize levels in the July 17 drawing. Since the last jackpot was won on May 4, there have been more than 12.4 million winning tickets at all prize levels, including 24 worth $1 million or more.

Twenty-two jackpots have been won in the month of July since the game began in 2002, including the largest prize ever won on a single Mega Millions ticket – an Indiana family won $536 million on July 8, 2016. That remains the third largest jackpot ever awarded in the game.

The jackpot was last won in Ohio on May 4, when the ABC XYZ Trust collected $142 million. Two other jackpots have been awarded this year – $451 million on January 5 (in Florida) and $533 million on March 30 (in New Jersey). The latter prize is the fourth largest in the history of Mega Millions.

The top Mega Millions jackpots to date:

Amount
Date
Winning Tickets
$656 million 3/30/2012 3-IL, KS, MD
$648 million 12/17/2013 2-CA, GA
$536 million 7/8/2016 1-IN
$533 million 3/30/2018 1-NJ
$451 million 1/5/2018 1-FL
$422 million(est) 7/20/2018 ?
$414 million 3/18/2014 2-FL, MD
$393 million 8/11/2017 1-IL
$390 million 3/6/2007 2-GA, NJ
$380 million 1/4/2011 2-ID, WA

How to Play Mega Millions Online and Outside of the US ?

Provided below are the rules for how foreigners can play Mega Millions:

  •  Tickets for Mega Millions are for sale by lottery retailers  in 43 US States, in the District of Colombia and in the U.S Virgin Islands.
  • To obtain tickets outside of these jurisdictions, foreigners can use online lottery operators, to locally purchase an official lottery ticket on their behalf.
  • All reputable retailers will require you to register and provide billing information before purchasing tickets on your behalf.
  • Once the tickets have been bought, the online retailer will make scans of both the official ticket and the receipt.
  • To avoid online scams be sure that the site you are using is legitimate. For a comparison of three online retailers already reviewed by InternationalLottery.org read here.
  • After the draw, the winning numbers are published online.  Retailers will generally only contact you if you have won.
  •  You can then choose to either have the winning ticket sent to you, or to authorize the retailer tocollect the winnings on your behalf.
  • If you elect to do the latter, you will then be prompted to verify your identity for security and tax reasons.
  • If you win a significant amount or even perhaps the jackpot, it is likely that you will have to personally claim your prize at the local Mega Millions office.
  • At this time the agent may assist you in making the necessary legal arrangements to collect your prize.

Can Foreigners Win Mega Millions?

  •  Yes, foreign citizens can legally win Mega Millions. 
  • The tax for a non-US citizen is a flat 30% of the winnings.
  • Additional tax treaties may also apply depending on your citizenship.

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Please read HOW TO PLAY US MEGA MILLIONS FROM OUTSIDE THE US to be introduced step by step and avoid risks when you buy lotto tickets online.

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