The holder of a Mega Millions ticket purchased in Piqua, Ohio, is much, much richer.
The annuity value of last night's jackpot was $207 million. The lump-sum cash payout was worth about $140 million.
Before Uncle Sam takes his 25 percent.
The Mega Millions jackpot now starts all over at $12 million.
Tonight's Powerball jackpot of $40 million is now the biggest prize around. The multistate lottery is played in Pennsylvania, Delaware and 27 other states.
The winning Mega Millions numbers drawn last night were: 10, 16, 19, 27 and 48, with a Mega Ball of 25.
Two tickets sold in New Jersey were among 23 that came oh, so close. They won $200,000 each for having all the numbers except for the Mega Ball. Six were purchased in Texas; three in Georgia; two each in California, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan and New York. Ohio and Virginia also had one apiece..
Mega Millions is played in a dozen states, but because they are among the nation's most populous, the lottery's jackpots rival Powerball's.
The last time Mega Millions had a jackpot as large as last night's was in February, when a Georgia man, playing a combination of his grandchildren's birthdays, hit a $275 million jackpot, and took the cash, about $167.7 million.
Before taxes, of course.
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