Mega Bucks Alert: 🎉💰Is Someone About to Swipe that $1.35 Billion Jackpot? Or Will Luck Tease Again?🍀
TL;DR; 😱 Mega Millions keeps playing hard to get. Jackpot blooms to an impressive $1.35 billion. No winner for the current draw, but fingers crossed 🤞 for Friday!
Imagine missing out on a BILLION-dollar prize by just a single number. 🙄 Remember when Aunt Karen missed the last Bingo number and lost her $50 prize? Yeah, it’s like that… but multiply Karen’s despair by, um, a LOT.
So, what went down? No one hit the big-time lottery Mega Millions numbers for Tuesday night: 7, 13, 14, 15, 18, and the notorious Mega Ball 9. Sorry to those dreamers who thought they’d be sipping champagne 🍾 in their own island by Wednesday.
Fast-forward to Friday night, the jackpot is now teasing at a whopping $1.35 billion! That’s some serious coin, folks. Second-largest in the game’s history, mind you. Been escalating since mid-October, with only two other pots outdoing this one: October 2018’s $1.5 billion and July 2022’s $1.3 billion. The U.S. record, by the way, is $2.04 billion from a Powerball draw. Did you know about that one? 🤑
Aha, but here’s the million (or billion) dollar question 🤔: Lump sum or annuity? Winners, if you’re out there, would you take home the immediate $576.8 million (and yes, that’s before Uncle Sam takes a sizable bite 🍎) or wait for 30 annuity payments that add up to the full jackpot amount? By Friday, those figures are expected to be juicier. 💸
Speaking of Uncle Sam, Kiplinger, that finance guru platform, says if you took the lump sum, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service already dipped their hands in, withholding 24%. And there might be even more owed come tax season. Bottom line? If you had won Tuesday’s draw, you’d see around a cool $363.4 million, which isn’t too shabby. Though, Friday’s winner might get a tad more. 🧐
Now, we’ve all heard those anecdotes. Someone’s cousin’s friend’s dog walker won a mini-jackpot once, and then chaos ensued. But billion-dollar chaos? Imagine that story! 🎉🎉
So, before you spend your Friday imagining which private jet you’d buy, or how you’d slide into Beyoncé’s next party as her newest billionaire friend, remember… it’s all about the thrill of the game.
But seriously, what would YOU do with a billion bucks? 🤩🎉