Biggest lottery jackpots in US history

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Mega Millions jackpot hits $868 million

The Mega Millions jackpot is now $868 million, making it the second-largest in U.S. history.

It will be a happy new year for one person with the only ticket to match all numbers in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot.

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The winning ticket, sold in Glen Head, New York, a Long Island enclave, is worth $425 million according to the Mega Millions website. Seven other players won at least $1 million after matching all but the Mega Ball.

The winning numbers were 34, 44, 57, 62, 70 and Mega Ball 14.

While $425 million or about $254 after-taxes isn’t chump change, it dwarfs last October’s still unclaimed winning Mega Millions ticket which sold in South Carolina for nearly $1.6 billion, the largest single ticket win on record and the second-largest in U.S. lottery jackpot history.

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Here’s the list of the largest lottery prizes in U.S. history—including Powerball and Mega Millions.

 1.  $1.586 billion Powerball

Date: January 2016

Winners: 3

Location: California, Florida and Tennessee

2. $1.537  billion Mega Millions

Date: October 2018

Winners: 1 [largest single ticket win on record]

Location: South Carolina

3. $758.7 million Powerball

Date: August  2017

Winners: 1

Location: Massachusetts

4. $656 million Mega Millions

Date: March 2012

Winners: 3

Location: Illinois, Kansas and Maryland

5. $648 million Mega Millions

Date: December 2013

Winners: 2

Location: California and Georgia

6. $590.5 million Powerball

Date: May 2013

Winners: 1

Location: Florida

7. $587.5 million Powerball

Date: November 2012

Winners: 2

Location: Arizona and Missouri

8. $564 million Powerball

Date: February 2015

Winners: 3

Location: North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas

9. $559.7 million Powerball

Date: January 2018

Winners: 1

Location: New Hampshire

10. $543 million Mega Millions

Date: July 2018

Winners: 1

Location: California

11. $536 million Mega Millions

Date: July 2016

Winners: 1

Location: Indiana

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