Did you win the Mega Millions jackpot of $418M?
As of Tuesday, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot had surged to $418 million, making it the ninth largest jackpot since the game began 17 years ago.
And that jackpot will roll over to $444 million if no one matches all of the numbers from Tuesday night’s drawing: 50-9-42-21-34, Mega Ball: 21
The next drawing is scheduled for Friday night, and you can watch it on WRAL-TV prior to the start of the 11 p.m. newscast.
According to lottery watchers, the chance of winning the $418 million jackpot is 1 in about 302 million.
And if you do win, a lump sum cash payout would net about $263.3 million and that’s before Uncle Sam claims his share, which includes a 24 percent federal tax withholding that would deduct $63.1 million taken out of the jackpot.
And North Carolina residents would also have to pay a state income tax on the winnings.
Even with all that, the money that remains would be enough to dramatically alter the lives of most people.
According to CNBC’s website, the last time there was a top-prize winner was on March 28, when a Wisconsin man nabbed a $768.4 million jackpot. Manuel Franco, who claimed his haul in late April, chose the lump sum cash option of $477 million. After federal and state tax withholdings, he received $326 million.