No wins among $220 in Mega Millions tickets bought by Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster

November 12, 2018

What would you have done if you’d won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot this week?

Buy a new house, get a new car... entice a certain running back teammate to show up? For JuJu Smith-Schuster, it was going to be all three.

Unfortunately for the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, though, none of the 110 tickets he bought won him the big prize.

“As of now,” Smith-Schuster said after practice Wednesday, “all I got is like $10.”

Smith-Schuster was, though, planning on getting his entire stack of tickers scanned, so it’s possible - likely, even - his haul will be more than that.

And what will he do with any return he gets on a $220 investment made over separate trips to convenience stores Sunday and Monday?

“Play the Powerball is tonight.”

What would he have done with the full grand prize jackpot, though?

“You know, I would have taken care of my teammates....” Smith-Schuster said, pausing in a manner of recognizing his deadpan joke.

“Nah, I would have told my mom, tried to remain anonymous, not try to put myself out there... I’d still play ball though. I’d have a better car, a better house, have that lifestyle.”

Smith-Schuster had one other possible use for the jackpot - one that netted the South Carolina-based winner $514,233,090 in a lump sum after federal and state taxes.

“I tried to win it so we could get Le’Veon back,” Smith-Schuster said, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “It didn’t work.”

Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell, of course, remains away from the Steelers as he elects not to sign his franchise-player tag.

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