Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $940 Million 10 Days After $1 Billion Powerball

In a few hours, America may have its next near-billionaire courtesy of the July 28 Mega Millions jackpot of $940 million. The lottery drawing in which the winner could opt for the $472.5 million one-time payment comes 10 days after a California ticket buyer won the $1.08 billion Powerball jackpot.

Tonight’s drawing and the July 19 jackpot are part of a trend of huge prizes. That July 19 total was the fourth billion-dollar lottery drawing in the past year. This one may become the fifth.

However, the philosophy behind offering large jackpots may not currently concern Mega Millions ticket buyers.

Some were writing out the figures longhand to enjoy how they looked:

  • $940,000,000
  • Nine-hundred-and-forty-and-six-zeroes
  • $60,000,000 less than $1 billion

Others were looking up trivia:

Still more were eliminating the competition for the Mega Millions jackpot:

Finally, thousands were using the Mega Millions Generator page on Bonus this week to help them pick their lottery ticket numbers.

Mega Millions Jackpot in Context

The jackpot ticker on the Mega Millions home page today reads $940 million.

It’s not the biggest prize, but it’s up there.

What lottery winnings outranked this Mega Millions jackpot?

Here are a few.

Previous Mega Millions billions:

  • $1.537 billion – 10/23/2018
  • $1.348 billion – 1/13/2023
  • $1.337 billion – 7/29/2022
  • $1.050 billion – 1/22/2021

Powerball totals that outranked this Mega Millions jackpot:

  • $2.04 billion – Nov. 7, 2022
  • $1.586 billion – Jan. 13, 2016
  • $1.08 billion – July 19, 2023

Coincidentally, the three billion-dollar-plus Powerball prizes all included winning tickets purchased in California. Players in Florida and Tennessee also bought tickets for the nearly $1.6 billion jackpot won in 2016.

As Rick VanderKnyff pointed out in his NerdWallet article on July 21, winners in the Golden State could spend $1 billion in their backyards – just by funding one blockbuster movie.

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Heather Fletcher

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Heather Fletcher is Lead Writer at Bonus, concentrating on online casino coverage. She specializes in breaking news, legislative coverage, and gambling marketing strategy overviews. To reach Heather with a news tip, email [email protected].
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