There WAS a winner on Friday night with that big billion dollar Mega Millions lottery jackpot. But the biggest winner wasn’t from Florida. The newest Mega Millions billionaire bought their ticket somewhere in Illinois. That winner will have the choice of receiving 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $747.2 million.
However, Florida definitely has the most millionaires after last night’s drawing. There were FIVE lucky $1 million or more winners. No other state even came close. Florida had 2 “Match 5” winners who will win $1 Million. There were three Match 5 winners who added the Megaplier which doubles the win to $2 Million. There’s no word yet on where in Florida those tickets were purchased, but we should find out soon which of the 13,000 Lottery retailers across the state sold the winners.
Florida won in other ways. According to the Florida Lottery website, this series of MM jackpot rollovers has generated more than $49.5 million for education in Florida. Since joining Mega Millions in 2013, the game has generated more than $817.9 million for education and has awarded more than $806.2 million in prizes to 64 million players.
The winning numbers drawn last night (July 29, 2022) for Mega Millions were: 13, 36, 45, 57, 67 and the Mega Ball was 14. Congratulations to that Mega Millions winner in Illinois.