Mega Millions soars to 820 million as questions remain about

Mega Millions soars to $820 million as questions remain about mystery Powerball winner


July 22, 2023 | 4:52 p.m

The Mega Millions jackpot will be $820 million as of Tuesday. AP

Mega Millions lives up to its name.

If someone ends up taking the grand prize for Tuesday’s drawing, they could walk away with a whopping $820 million.

The looming jackpot is the fifth largest in the game’s history, officials at Mega Millions said on Saturday.

The odds of winning are very high – 1 in 302.6 million, but tickets are selling more and more.

Winners have the option of paying out a lump sum, which in this case would net them $422 million, or they can choose to have the entire jackpot paid out in the form of annuities over 29 years.

Most grand prize winners opt for the cash payment.

Friday’s drawing featured eight entries of five cue balls for a prize of $1 million.

Two each were sold in Florida, New Jersey and North Carolina, one in California and one in Michigan, Mega Millions said.

A $1.08 billion Powerball winning ticket was sold Friday at this small downtown LA store owned by the Herrera family, per AP

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.

Questions remain about the identity of the person who scooped the approximately $1.08 billion Powerball ticket at a convenience store in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The shopkeepers originally said the winner was an elderly woman who walked into the store and was caught on video showing she had won.

This woman ran into the little LA store that sold the multi-billion dollar Powerball ticket last Friday and claimed she was the winner. Independent

The woman shocked the assembled crowd and store employees, fell to her knees, shouted “God bless you” and hugged the staff, then ran away.

However, she then ran away without showing a ticket or giving her name, according to footage from KNX News.

It remains unclear if she really is the winner.

In video clips posted to social media, the woman ran out of the store crying, “I’m scared right now, I’m so scared.”

Shopkeeper Nabor Herrera told KCAL he believed the woman was faking, but then said his daughter believed the woman’s mother could be the winner.

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