A Mega Millions player in Illinois became an instant multimillionaire last night after a single ticket sold in Crestwood hit the game's $56 million top prize in Tuesday's drawing.
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Powerball is a multi-state game played in 48 U.S. states and territories. Players have a 1 in 25 chance of winning a prize through the 9 Ways to Win, and hundreds of thousands of people - sometimes millions - become winners in each draw. The minimum jackpot is $20 million (*During the Coronavirus pandemic, the starting jackpot may be lower than this), and if it doesn't go off it rolls over and increases with every draw, regularly hitting nine or even ten figures - like the amazing $1.586 billion shared by three ticket holders in January 2016!
If you check your ticket and find you've won a prize in a past Powerball draw, you have between 90 and 365 days to claim your winnings, depending on where you bought the ticket. Tickets often have expiration dates printed on them. Make sure to sign the back of your winning ticket, because anyone who has the ticket can claim the prize. For prizes under $600, you can usually claim at an authorized Powerball retailer. If you're lucky enough to win a prize over $600, you'll most likely need to claim at the lottery headquarters in your state.
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Mega Millions is one of the world's most popular lottery games, played in 45 U.S. states plus Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Eye-catching jackpots create hundreds of thousands of winners every draw - who can forget the $1.5 billion won in South Carolina in October 2018?
Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday night at 11:00 pm EST in Atlanta, Georgia. If you match all six winning numbers (five white balls plus the gold Mega Ball), you win the jackpot! However, with nine ways to win there are plenty of attractive prizes at other levels! For extra excitement, you can add the Megaplier option to multiply any non-jackpot prize by the number drawn - up to 5 times your original prize value!
Mega Millions creates hundreds of thousands of winners per draw, so even if you haven't won the jackpot, there are great prizes at other levels. If you added Megaplier to your play, you may have won up to 5x the value of your non-jackpot prize!
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