USA Mega Millions winners have been around since the very first draw! Imagine that! That draw took place on the 17th of May, 2002, and resulted in a $28 million winner from Illinois. Then, miraculously, a week later there was another Mega Millions jackpot winner! More than 200 million tickets were sold at a cost of $1 per ticket for the then-record $390 million jackpot that took place on the 6th of March, 2007.
Mega Millions has awarded a stunning number of large jackpots over the sums of $300. Ten, to be exact! In March 2012, a record $656 million was won.
On the 7th of January, Mega Millions reached a milestone after selling its 1 billionth ticket on the 7th of January, 2003. Since December 2013, more than 29 billion Mega Millions tickets have been sold.
Since the game’s re-launch in October 2013, lovely jackpot amounts have been won in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. The wins ranged from massive ones like $648 million all the way down to $15 million.
The biggest Mega Millions winners jackpot advertised was $640 million at the time of the draw. That Mega Millions lottery jackpot was drawn on March 30th, 2012. Rapid ticket sales pushed the jackpot value even higher to an astounding $656 million. At least $1.5 billion was spent on lottery tickets. Three Mega Millions winners matched the lucky numbers required to take the jackpot home. The three winning tickets came from Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland.
The second-largest Mega Millions winners jackpot was to the value of $648 million and that was sold on December 17th in 2013. California and Georgia had both of the winning tickets. The Georgian winner claimed their prize the day after the draw and selected the cash option. The Californian winner claimed their half of the jackpot on the 3rdof January 2014. The Californian received a larger share of the prize because Californians are exempt from state income tax.