Lottery ticket sold in Illinois wins $560 million Mega Millions jackpot

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By Todd Northrop


After a run of 19 drawings without a jackpot winner, the 20th drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game produced a single $560 million winner last night when one ticket sold in Illinois matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball.


The winner will now have to choose between being paid $560 million in 30 annually-increasing payments over 29 years or the lump-sum estimated cash value of $264 million.


According to USA Mega’s Mega Millions Jackpot Analysis, after all federal and Illinois state taxes are paid, the winner either will receive $326.3 million by the end of 29 years, or $153.3 million in cash all at once. Illinois has a 4.95% state tax rate.


The massive Mega Millions haul is the 25th-largest lottery jackpot of all time in the United States, and the 41st-largest cash value ever awarded. (See full top-25 list below.) It is also the 9th-largest jackpot won in Mega Millions history.


According to officials, the ticket was purchased online through the Illinois Lottery — the first time in history a Mega Millions jackpot was won through an online purchase.


Because Illinois allows lottery winners to claim jackpots anonymously, we may never learn the identity of the claimant.


Lottery Post maintains a list of every state’s anonymity policies for lottery winners, and Lottery Post published a comprehensive video presentation about each state’s anonymity laws.


The Mega Millions winning numbers for Tuesday, June 4, 2024, were 19, 37, 40, 63, and 69, with Mega Ball number 17. The Megaplier was 3.


Fortunately, even if you didn’t win the jackpot, the Mega Millions game still offers another 8 ways to win lower-tier prizes. One player from Maryland won a second prize of $1 million by matching the first five numbers minus the Mega Ball, and another player from California won $285,828 for accomplishing the same feat.


27 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Mega Ball and won $10,000. Of those tickets, 4 were purchased with the Megaplier option, increasing the prize to $30,000 and 8 of the tickets were purchased in California with a prize amount of $4,950 each.


In total, 944,853 tickets won prizes across the game’s nine prize tiers in Tuesday’s drawing.


A complete list of payouts for all prizes and the official drawing video can be found at USA Mega’s Mega Millions Drawing Information page, as well as at Lottery Post’s Mega Millions Prize Payouts page.


The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.6 million.


With the jackpot being won Tuesday, the next Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate for the drawing on Friday, June 7 is reset to its starting point of $20 million.


Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 45 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets cost $2 each.


The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.


Top 25 United States lottery jackpots of all time


The following list shows the top 25 United States lottery jackpots of all time. The $560 million Mega Millions jackpot won last night ranks as the 25th-largest United States lottery jackpot in history.


  1. Powerball: $2.0401 billion, Nov. 7, 2022 (40 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – California

  2. Powerball: $1.7649 billion, Oct. 11, 2023 (35 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – California

  3. Mega Millions: $1.602 billion, Aug. 8, 2023 (31 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Florida

  4. Powerball: $1.5864 billion, Jan. 13, 2016 (19 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – California, Florida, Tennessee

  5. Mega Millions: $1.537 billion, Oct. 23, 2018 (25 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – South Carolina

  6. Mega Millions: $1.348 billion, Jan. 13, 2023 (25 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Maine

  7. Mega Millions: $1.337 billion, Jul. 29, 2022 (29 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Illinois

  8. Powerball: $1.3259 billion, Apr. 6, 2024 (40 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Oregon

  9. Mega Millions: $1.128 billion, Mar. 26, 2024 (30 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – New Jersey

  10. Powerball: $1.0798 billion, Jul. 19, 2023 (38 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – California

  11. Mega Millions: $1.05 billion, Jan. 22, 2021 (36 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Michigan

  12. Powerball: $842.4 million, Jan. 1, 2024 (34 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Michigan

  13. Powerball: $768.4 million, Mar. 27, 2019 (25 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – Wisconsin

  14. Powerball: $758.7 million, Aug. 23, 2017 (20 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – Massachusetts

  15. Powerball: $754.6 million, Feb. 6, 2023 (33 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Washington

  16. Powerball: $731.1 million, Jan. 20, 2021 (35 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Maryland

  17. Powerball: $699.8 million, Oct. 4, 2021 (40 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – California

  18. Powerball: $687.8 million, Oct. 27, 2018 (21 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – Iowa, New York

  19. Mega Millions: $656 million, Mar. 30, 2012 (18 rollovers, starting at $12 million) – Illinois, Kansas, Maryland

  20. Mega Millions: $648 million, Dec. 17, 2013 (21 rollovers, starting at $12 million) – California, Georgia

  21. Powerball: $632.6 million, Jan 5, 2022 (39 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – California, Wisconsin

  22. Powerball: $590.5 million, May 18, 2013 (13 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – Florida

  23. Powerball: $587.5 million, Nov. 28, 2012 (15 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – Arizona, Missouri

  24. Powerball: $564.1 million, Feb. 11, 2015 (20 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas

  25. Mega Millions: $560 million, Jun. 4, 2024 (19 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Illinois


For those keeping score, the number of jackpots in the top 25, by lottery game, are:


  • Powerball: 16

  • Mega Millions: 9


Top 25 cash value jackpots


Since many lottery winners collect their winnings in cash, the lump-sum payout is an important measure of what a winning ticket could be worth.


The Mega Millions jackpot won last night ranks as the 41st-largest cash value of all time (not shown in top 25 list below).


  1. Powerball: $997.6 million cash, Nov. 7, 2022 ($2.0401 billion annuity) – California

  2. Powerball: $983.5 million cash, Jan. 13, 2016 ($1.5864 billion annuity) – California, Florida, Tennessee

  3. Mega Millions: $877.8 million cash, Oct. 23, 2018 ($1.537 billion annuity) – South Carolina

  4. Mega Millions: $794.2 million cash, Aug. 8, 2023 ($1.602 billion annuity) – Florida

  5. Mega Millions: $780.5 million cash, Jul. 29, 2022 ($1.337 billion annuity) – Illinois

  6. Mega Millions: $776.6 million cash, Jan. 22, 2021 ($1.05 billion annuity) – Michigan

  7. Powerball: $774.1 million cash, Oct. 11, 2023 ($1.7649 billion annuity) – California

  8. Mega Millions: $723.5 million cash, Jan. 13, 2023 ($1.348 billion annuity) – Maine

  9. Powerball: $621 million cash, Apr. 6, 2024 ($1.3259 billion annuity) – Oregon

  10. Powerball: $558.1 million cash, Jul. 19, 2023 ($1.0798 billion annuity) – California

  11. Powerball: $546.8 million cash, Jan. 20, 2021 ($731.1 million annuity) – Maryland

  12. Mega Millions: $536.6 million cash, Mar. 26, 2024 ($1.128 billion annuity) – New Jersey

  13. Powerball: $496 million cash, Oct. 4, 2021 ($699.8 million annuity) – California

  14. Powerball: $480.5 million cash, Aug. 23, 2017 ($758.7 million annuity) – Massachusetts

  15. Powerball: $477 million cash, Mar. 27, 2019 ($768.4 million annuity) – Wisconsin

  16. Mega Millions: $471 million cash, Mar. 30, 2012 ($656 million annuity) – Illinois, Kansas, Maryland

  17. Powerball: $450.2 million cash, Jan. 5, 2022 ($632.6 million annuity) – California, Wisconsin

  18. Powerball: $425.2 million cash, Jan. 1, 2024 ($842.4 million annuity) – Michigan

  19. Powerball: $407.2 million cash, Feb. 6, 2023 ($754.6 million annuity) – Washington

  20. Powerball: $396.2 million cash, Oct. 27, 2018 ($687.8 million annuity) – Iowa, New York

  21. Powerball: $384.7 million cash, Nov. 28, 2012 ($587.5 million annuity) – Arizona, Missouri

  22. Powerball: $381.1 million cash, Feb. 11, 2015 ($564.1 million annuity) – North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas

  23. Mega Millions: $378 million cash, Jul. 8, 2016 ($536 million annuity) – Indiana

  24. Powerball: $370.9 million cash, May 18, 2013 ($590.5 million annuity) – Florida

  25. Powerball: $352 million cash, Jan. 6, 2018 ($559.7 million annuity) – New Hampshire


The number of cash value jackpots in the top 25, by lottery game, are:


  • Powerball: 17

  • Mega Millions: 8

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