A mere six weeks ago in February, Louisa White of Rhode Island won a Powerball lottery jackpot worth $336.4 million. She claimed a lump sum payout of $210 million.
A once in a lifetime opportunity for White? Most likely. But some lucky Mega Millions lottery player has an opportunity to earn even more, like the largest cash option payout in lottery history in the drawing of March 27.
Philly.com reports that the jackpot for the next Mega Millions lottery on Tuesday is an estimated $363 million, and the lump sum payout will be $259.8 million, beating the record of $240 million from January 4, 2011. A Mega Millions pot of $380 million was won by two tickets in that drawing.
The Mega Millions website reported that the winning numbers for the drawing of March 23 drawing were: 6,17,19, 20, and 21, and the Mega Ball was 20.
According to Lottery Post, 39 players matched the first five numbers without getting the Mega Ball, and three of them were from New Jersey. Each of those players will receive $250,000. Friday marked the 17th consecutive Mega Millions jackpot drawing without a winner.
Lottery Post pointed out that one of the reasons for the latest rollover may have been that the Mega Ball number matched one of the first five numbers. The Mega Ball is drawn from a separate pool of numbers and it is within the gameâ€™s rules for it to match, but casual players may not be aware of that.
Elsewhere, Lottery.com reported that a Jersey Cash 5 tiwinning ticket for the drawing of Monday, March 19 worth $152,592 was purchased at a 7-11 in Bloomfield, Essex County.
And according to Lottery Post, Celeste Tamburello, 41, of Tinton Falls, have claimed the win in last Saturday's $70 million Powerball jackpot drawing. The couple chose the cash option, and will earn $41.5 million before taxes.
A New Jersey ticket split the third highest cash payout in U.S. lottery history of $233.1 million in March 2007. Philly.com lists the top 20 U.S. lottery cash option winners here.