Lottery jackpot records

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Further reading[]

  • A History of English Lotteries, by John Ashton, London: Leadenhall Press, 1893
  • Fortune’s Merry Wheel, by John Samuel Ezell, Harvard University Press, 1960.
  • Lotteries and Sweepstakes, 1932 by Ewen L’Estrange
  • The Lottery Encyclopedia, 1986 by Ron Shelley (NY Public Library)
  • Fate’s Bookie: How The Lottery Shaped The World by Gary Hicks, History Press, 2009
  • Lau, Christoph; Kramer, Ludwig (2005), Die Relativitätstheorie des Glücks. Über das Leben von Lottomillionären (The Relativity of Luck: About the Life of Lottery Millionaires) (in German), Herbolzheim: Centaurus, ISBN 978-3-8255-0605-6

Europe[]

Unlike in the United States, where lottery wins are taxed, European jackpots are generally tax-free (the lotteries themselves are taxed in other ways) and jackpots are paid in a lump sum. For example, in the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, wagers are split between the game operator Camelot Group and the government, with Camelot distributing its share among prizes, operating costs, profit, Camelot’s ‘good causes’ programme, with the remainder going to the government as value-added tax (VAT) due.

Examples of largest jackpots in specific European lotteries
  • £170.2 million (EUR190 million/US$208.2 million) was the largest prize won by a UK winner in the pan-European EuroMillions in GBP currency, won on 8 October 2019 in the UK.
  • €190.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the EuroMillions lottery and it’s paid out four times:
Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2012-08-10 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 148,700,000 UK
2 2014-10-24 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 149,800,000 Portugal
3 2017-10-06 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,800,000 Spain
4 2019-10-08 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,200,000 UK

€90.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the Eurojackpot lottery and it’s paid out eleven times:

Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2015-05-15 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 65,500,000 Czech Republic
2 2016-10-14 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 81,000,000 Germany
3 2017-01-06 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 15,400,000 3 X Germany, Netherlands & Denmark
4 2018-02-09 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,700,000 Finland
5 2018-07-06 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,800,000 2 X Germany
6 2018-11-16 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 16,000,000 2 X Germany, Finland, Spain & Italy
7 2019-05-10 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,500,000 Germany & Poland
8 2019-08-23 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 82,400,000 Finland
9 2019-11-22 90,000,000 3 30,000,000 25,800,000 2 X Germany & Hungary
10 2020-02-07 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 76,500,000 Germany
11 2020-05-01 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,000,000 Germany
  • €209 million (US$233.7 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Italy’s SuperEnalotto lottery, won on 13 August 2019.
  • €45.4 million (US$67 million) was the largest jackpot in Germany’s Lotto 6 aus 49, won in December 2007 by three tickets.
  • €37.7 million (US$48 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the German Lotto 6 aus 49, won on 7 October 2006.
  • SEK 238 million (US$38 million) is the largest single ticket jackpot of Svenska Spel Lotto Drömvinsten
  • £66.1 million (US$96 million) was the largest jackpot in the United Kingdom’s Lotto, won on 9 January 2016 by two tickets.
  • CHF 48.6 million (US$ 53.2 million) was the largest jackpot in Switzerland’s Swiss Lotto, won on 23 August 2014.
  • £35.1 million (US$49.6 million) was the largest winner on the UK Lotto game in April 2016.
  • €38.4 million (US$49.7 million) was the largest jackpot in the Netherlands draw of the Staatsloterij (State Lottery) in May 2013.
  • €30 million (US$31 million) was the largest jackpot in France’s SuperLoto, won in May 2006 by two tickets.
  • €24 million (US$35 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the French SuperLotto, won on 6 June 2011.
  • €22,5 million (US$23.9 million) was the biggest lotto win in Hungary was on Eurojackpot (half of the €45 mil.) on 10th February 2017. This 7 billion HUF worth grand prize beat a 5 billion record set up in 2003.
  • SEK 215 million (€22 million, US$30 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Sweden’s Lotto of Svenska Spel, won on 27 March 2010.
  • €19 million (US$30 million) was the largest jackpot and largest single-ticket jackpot in Ireland’s , won on 28 June 2008 by a group of sixteen colleagues at a quarry and concrete plant in County Carlow.
  • €12.2 million (US$15.7 million) was the largest jackpot in Finland’s Lotto of Veikkaus, won in October 2012 by one ticket.
  • €13 million (US$17.9 million) was the largest jackpot in Belgium’s Loterie Nationale/Nationale Loterij, won in December 2013 by one ticket.
  • €4.32 million (US$4.77 million) was the largest jackpot in Russia’s Gosloto 6 to 45, won in February 2016 by one 1800-roubles ticket. This is the largest jackpot in Russia.

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Mathematical analysis[]

The purchase of lottery tickets cannot be accounted for by decision models based on expected value maximization. The reason is that lottery tickets cost more than the expected gain, as shown by lottery mathematics, so someone maximizing expected value should not buy lottery tickets. Yet, lottery purchases can be explained by decision models based on expected utility maximization, as the curvature of the utility function can be adjusted to capture risk-seeking behavior. More general models based on utility functions defined on things other than the lottery outcomes can also account for lottery purchase. In addition to the lottery prizes, the ticket may enable some purchasers to experience a thrill and to indulge in a fantasy of becoming wealthy. If the entertainment value (or other non-monetary value) obtained by playing is high enough for a given individual, then the purchase of a lottery ticket could represent a gain in overall utility. In such a case, the disutility of a monetary loss could be outweighed by the combined expected utility of monetary and non-monetary gain, thus making the purchase a rational decision for that individual.

Probability of winning

Chances of matching different numbers of balls in a 6-from-49 lotto
Number of balls matched Probability
6 1 in 13,983,816
5 1 in 54,201
4 1 in 1,032
3 1 in 57
2 1 in 7.6
1 1 in 2.4
1 in 2.3

The chances of winning a lottery jackpot can vary widely depending on the lottery design, and are determined by several factors, including the count of possible numbers, the count of winning numbers drawn, whether or not order is significant, and whether drawn numbers are returned for the possibility of further drawing.

In a simple 6-from-49 lotto, a player chooses six numbers from 1 to 49 (no duplicates are allowed). If all six numbers on the player’s ticket match those produced in the official drawing (regardless of the order in which the numbers are drawn), then the player is a jackpot winner. For such a lottery, the chance of being a jackpot winner is 1 in 13,983,816.

In bonusball lotteries where the bonus ball is compulsory, the odds are often even lower. In the Mega Millions multi-state lottery in the United States, 5 numbers are drawn from a group of 75 and 1 number is drawn from a group of 15, and a player must match all 6 balls to win the jackpot prize. The chance of winning the jackpot is 1 in 258,890,850.

The odds of winning can also be reduced by increasing the group from which numbers are drawn. In the SuperEnalotto of Italy, players must match 6 numbers out of 90. The chance of winning the jackpot is 1 in 622,614,630.

Most lotteries give lesser prizes for matching just some of the winning numbers, with a lesser prize for fewer matches. Although none of these additional prizes affect the chances of winning the jackpot, they do improve the odds of winning something and therefore add a little to the value of the ticket.

Retired Games

Mix & Match

Mix & Match was drawn on Tuesday and Friday evenings. For each Mix & Match ticket, players received three lines of five numbers each; one play cost $2. Five numbers from 1-50 were drawn. There were multiple ways of winning. Players could have matched the 5 numbers across a three line set to win up to $5,000; or matched all five numbers on a single line to win $200,000. The game was retired on August 22, 2014.

Poker Lotto

With a cost of $2 per play, Poker Lotto is a combination of both instant and draw games. All picks are computer generated “quick picks”, as the first half of the game is won by the player being “dealt” a winning poker hand on their ticket. (Pair of Jacks or better, grand prize $5,000). Regardless of a win or loss on the instant game, the player’s ticket is eligible for the nightly draw, where the player’s cards must match at least 2 of the drawn cards in order to win. (Grand prize $250,000). Poker Lotto began selling tickets on August 25, 2013. The game’s end date is unknown.

Retired Games

Mix & Match

Mix & Match was drawn on Tuesday and Friday evenings. For each Mix & Match ticket, players received three lines of five numbers each; one play cost $2. Five numbers from 1-50 were drawn. There were multiple ways of winning. Players could have matched the 5 numbers across a three line set to win up to $5,000; or matched all five numbers on a single line to win $200,000. The game was retired on August 22, 2014.

Poker Lotto

With a cost of $2 per play, Poker Lotto is a combination of both instant and draw games. All picks are computer generated “quick picks”, as the first half of the game is won by the player being “dealt” a winning poker hand on their ticket. (Pair of Jacks or better, grand prize $5,000). Regardless of a win or loss on the instant game, the player’s ticket is eligible for the nightly draw, where the player’s cards must match at least 2 of the drawn cards in order to win. (Grand prize $250,000). Poker Lotto began selling tickets on August 25, 2013. The game’s end date is unknown.

United States[edytować]

All lottery winnings are subject to Federal taxation (automatically reported to the Internal Revenue Service if the win is at least $600); many smaller jurisdictions also levy taxes. The IRS requires a minimum withholding of 25% of the prize (minus the wager) of any gambling win in excess of $5,000. However, the net for a major prize often is misleading; winners often owe the IRS upon filing a return because the Federal withholding was below the winner’s tax obligations. Nonresident U.S. lottery winners have 30% of winnings of at least $600 withheld.

While the largest lottery prizes in the early history of U.S. state lotteries were “annuity-only”, these lotteries gradually introduced a “cash option” for these games.

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All prizes listed below are reported as the pre-withholdings amount, tak jak this is taxable income the player must report on their returns to be subject to taxation. Jackpots and jackpot shares listed below are annuity amounts (and the cash value.)

For various reasons, an annuitized jackpot can have a higher cash value than a larger annuity with a lower cash value. Examples include the annuity structure of various games: while Mega Millions’ and Powerball’s annuity option each are 30 annual payments, Mega Millions’ annuity payments increase 5 percent yearly, while Powerball increases 4 percent yearly; this makes the Mega Millions’ annuity structure somewhat more “inflated”.

List of U.S. lottery drawings of $300 million or more (annuity value) with at least one jackpot-winning ticket (dollar amounts in millions):

Ranga Jackpot Cash value Tickets Per ticket Game Date Where Notes
1 $1,586.4 $983.5 3 $327.8 Powerball Jan. 13, 2016 CA, FL, TN World’s largest jackpot (cash value & annuity); 9th largest cash value per ticket.
2 $1,537 $877.8 1 $877.8 Mega Millions Oct. 23, 2018 SC Largest jackpot for a single ticket; largest cash value for a single ticket.
3 $768.4 $477 1 $477 Powerball Mar. 27, 2019 WI 3rd largest jackpot for a single ticket. Bought in New Berlin, Wisconsin.
4 $758.7 $480.5 1 $480.5 Powerball Aug. 23, 2017 MA 2nd largest jackpot for a single ticket.
5 $687.8 $396.2 2 $198.1 Powerball Oct. 27, 2018 IA, NY
6 $656 $474 3 $158 Mega Millions Mar. 30, 2012 IL, KS, MD
7 $648 $347.6 2 $173.8 Mega Millions Dec. 17, 2013 CA, GA
8 $590.5 $370.9 1 $370.9 Powerball Może 18, 2013 FL
9 $587.5 $384.7 2 $192.4 Powerball Nov. 28, 2012 AZ, MO
10 $564.1 $381.1 3 $127.0 Powerball Feb. 11, 2015 NC, PR, TX
11 $559.7 $352 1 $352 Powerball Jan. 6, 2018 NH
12 $543 $320.5 1 $320.5 Mega Millions July 24, 2018 CA
13 $536 $378.3 1 $378.3 Mega Millions July 8, 2016 IN
14 $533 $324.6 1 $324.6 Mega Millions Mar. 30, 2018 NJ
15 $530 $345.2 1 $345.2 Mega Millions June 7, 2019 CA
16 $487 $341.7 1 $341.7 Powerball July 30, 2016 NH
17 $456.7 $269.4 1 $269.4 Powerball Mar. 17, 2018 PA
18 $451 $281.9 1 $281.9 Mega Millions Jan. 5, 2018 FL
19 $448.4 $258.2 3 $86.1 Powerball Aug. 7, 2013 MN; NJ (2)
20 $447.8 $279.1 1 $279.1 Powerball Jun. 10, 2017 CA
21 $437 $261.8 1 $261.8 Mega Millions Jan. 1, 2019 NY
22 $435.3 $263.4 1 $263.4 Powerball Feb. 22, 2017 IN
23 $429.6 $284.1 1 $284.1 Powerball Może 7, 2016 NJ
24 $425.3 $242.2 1 $242.2 Powerball Feb. 19, 2014 CA
25 $420.9 $254.6 1 $254.6 Powerball Nov 26, 2016 TN
26 $414 $230.9 2 $115.4 Mega Millions Mar. 18, 2014 FL, MD
27 $410 $316.8 1 $316.8 Mega Millions June 09, 2020 AZ
28 $399.4 $223.3 1 $223.3 Powerball Sep. 18, 2013 SC
29 $396.9 $274.6 1 $274.6 Powerball Jan. 29, 2020 FL
30 $393 $247 1 $247 Mega Millions Aug. 11, 2017 IL
31 $390 $233.1 2 $116.5 Mega Millions Mar. 6, 2007 GA, NJ
32 $380 $240 2 $120 Mega Millions Jan. 4, 2011 ID, WA
33 $372 $251.6 1 $251.6 Mega Millions Dec. 17, 2019 OH
34 $365 $177.3 1 $177.3 Powerball Feb. 18, 2006 NE
35 $363 $180 2 $90 The Big Game Może 9, 2000 IL, MI Largest Big Game jackpot before it became Mega Millions
36 $344.6 $223.3 1 $223.3 Powerball June 1, 2019 NC
37 $340 $164.4 1 $164.4 Powerball Oct. 19, 2005 OR
38 $338.3 $211.0 1 $211.0 Powerball Mar. 23, 2013 NJ
39 $337 $224.7 1 $224.7 Powerball Aug. 15, 2012 MI
40 $336.4 $210.0 1 $210.0 Powerball Feb. 11, 2012 RI
41 $333 $214 2 $107 Mega Millions Aug. 28, 2009 CA, NY
42 $331 $174 3 $58 The Big Game Apr. 16, 2002 GA, IL, NJ
43 $330 $194.4 4 $48.6 Mega Millions Aug. 31, 2007 MD,NJ,TX,VA
44 $326 $197.5 1 $197.5 Mega Millions Nov. 4, 2014 NY
45 $319 $202.8 1 $202.8 Mega Millions Mar. 25, 2011 NY
46 $315.3 $183 1 $183 Powerball Może 19, 2018 NJ
47 $315 $185 1 $185 Mega Millions Nov. 15, 2005 CA
48 $314.9 $170.5 1 $170.5 Powerball Dec. 25, 2002 WV Won by Jack Whittaker
49 $314.3 $146.0 1 $146.0 Powerball Aug. 25, 2007 IN

Notes:

MM. ^ ^ The Big Game became The Big Game Mega Millions and then Mega Millions in 2002.

Classical history

The first recorded signs of a lottery are keno slips from the Chinese Han Dynasty between 205 and 187 BC. These lotteries are believed to have helped to finance major government projects like the Great Wall of China. From the Chinese «The Book of Songs» (2nd millennium BC.) comes a reference to a game of chance as «the drawing of wood», which in context appears to describe the drawing of lots.

The first known European lotteries were held during the Roman Empire, mainly as an amusement at dinner parties. Each guest would receive a ticket, and prizes would often consist of fancy items such as dinnerware. Every ticket holder would be assured of winning something. This type of lottery, however, was no more than the distribution of gifts by wealthy noblemen during the Saturnalian revelries. The earliest records of a lottery offering tickets for sale is the lottery organized by Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar. The funds were for repairs in the City of Rome, and the winners were given prizes in the form of articles of unequal value.

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History

The National lottery was introduced to South Africa on 11 March 2000. At the time it was run by Uthingo.

After a marketing effort that aimed to reach 80 percent of South African homes directlymore than 800,000 tickets were sold in the first day of availabilityNearly R70 million worth of tickets were sold in the first three weeks of operation.

In October 2002 operator Uthingo suggested a daily lottery to supplement the weekly draw. The concept, called Keno, was rejected by the trade and industry ministry in March 2003.In November 2003 the Lotto Plus game was launched, acting as a supplementary weekly lottery available on the purchase of a primary lottery ticket, with an entry fee of R1.

In July 2006 the Gidani consortium, featuring Greek company Intralot as a technical partner, was judged the preferred bidder to operate the lottery for seven years starting April 2007. The operating licence was awarded in October 2006.In March 2007 the Pretoria High Court set aside that award on application by incumbent Uthingo, finding that the failure to adequately investigate the shareholders in some bidding consortia left room for conflicts of interest.

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Following the final draw by incumbent Uthingo, the lottery was indefinitely suspended in April 2007.

In September the operating licence was awarded to Gidani again.When ticket sales re-opened in October more than 200,000 tickets were sold within the first three hours. Gidani introduced scratch cards, but they were discontinued for several months when they lost their licence to Ithuba.

Trong 2015, Lotto licences were awarded to ITHUBA. Trong 2015, 2 new games were introduced by Ithuba: EAZiWIN, an instant win game consisting of four types of indigenous inspired games; Morabaraba, Fafi Fortune, 4 Siya Wina and Popa Feela and PowerBall Plus.

Europe[]

Unlike in the United States, where lottery wins are taxed, European jackpots are generally tax-free (the lotteries themselves are taxed in other ways) and jackpots are paid in a lump sum. For example, in the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, wagers are split between the game operator Camelot Group and the government, with Camelot distributing its share among prizes, operating costs, profit, Camelot’s ‘good causes’ programme, with the remainder going to the government as value-added tax (VAT) due.

Examples of largest jackpots in specific European lotteries
  • £170.2 million (EUR190 million/US$208.2 million) was the largest prize won by a UK winner in the pan-European EuroMillions in GBP currency, won on 8 October 2019 in the UK.
  • €190.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the EuroMillions lottery and it’s paid out four times:
Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2012-08-10 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 148,700,000 UK
2 2014-10-24 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 149,800,000 Portugal
3 2017-10-06 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,800,000 Spain
4 2019-10-08 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,200,000 UK

€90.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the Eurojackpot lottery and it’s paid out eleven times:

Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2015-05-15 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 65,500,000 Czech Republic
2 2016-10-14 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 81,000,000 Germany
3 2017-01-06 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 15,400,000 3 X Germany, Netherlands & Denmark
4 2018-02-09 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,700,000 Finland
5 2018-07-06 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,800,000 2 X Germany
6 2018-11-16 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 16,000,000 2 X Germany, Finland, Spain & Italy
7 2019-05-10 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,500,000 Germany & Poland
8 2019-08-23 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 82,400,000 Finland
9 2019-11-22 90,000,000 3 30,000,000 25,800,000 2 X Germany & Hungary
10 2020-02-07 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 76,500,000 Germany
11 2020-05-01 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,000,000 Germany
  • €209 million (US$233.7 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Italy’s SuperEnalotto lottery, won on 13 August 2019.
  • €45.4 million (US$67 million) was the largest jackpot in Germany’s Lotto 6 en dehors 49, won in December 2007 by three tickets.
  • €37.7 million (US$48 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the German Lotto 6 en dehors 49, won on 7 October 2006.
  • SEK 238 million (US$38 million) is the largest single ticket jackpot of Svenska Spel Lotto Drömvinsten
  • £66.1 million (US$96 million) was the largest jackpot in the United Kingdom’s Lotto, won on 9 January 2016 by two tickets.
  • CHF 48.6 million (US$ 53.2 million) was the largest jackpot in Switzerland’s Swiss Lotto, won on 23 August 2014.
  • £35.1 million (US$49.6 million) was the largest winner on the UK Lotto game in April 2016.
  • €38.4 million (US$49.7 million) was the largest jackpot in the Netherlands draw of the Staatsloterij (State Lottery) in May 2013.
  • €30 million (US$31 million) was the largest jackpot in France’s SuperLoto, won in May 2006 by two tickets.
  • €24 million (US$35 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the French SuperLotto, won on 6 June 2011.
  • €22,5 million (US$23.9 million) was the biggest lotto win in Hungary was on Eurojackpot (half of the €45 mil.) on 10th February 2017. This 7 billion HUF worth grand prize beat a 5 billion record set up in 2003.
  • SEK 215 million (€22 million, US$30 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Sweden’s Lotto of Svenska Spel, won on 27 March 2010.
  • €19 million (US$30 million) was the largest jackpot and largest single-ticket jackpot in Ireland’s , won on 28 June 2008 by a group of sixteen colleagues at a quarry and concrete plant in County Carlow.
  • €12.2 million (US$15.7 million) was the largest jackpot in Finland’s Lotto of Veikkaus, won in October 2012 by one ticket.
  • €13 million (US$17.9 million) was the largest jackpot in Belgium’s Loterie Nationale/Nationale Loterij, won in December 2013 by one ticket.
  • €4.32 million (US$4.77 million) was the largest jackpot in Russia’s Gosloto 6 to 45, won in February 2016 by one 1800-roubles ticket. This is the largest jackpot in Russia.

Mega Millions / Powerball Lottery News

Thursday, July 26, 2018

12:39 am – Powerball: There was no jackpot winner in the Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Powerball drawing, but 1 lucky player from Florida matched the first 5 numbers for a ,000,000 prize. For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, the drawing video, and all other data about this drawing, see the Powerball Drawing Detail page.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

  • 11:07 pm – Powerball: The Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Powerball drawing has taken place, and the results are 02 – 18 – 41 – 44 – 64 , and the Powerball is 26 . The Power Play number is 2 . To see all the ways your ticket can win a prize, please go to the Ways To Win Powerball page, or you can use the Powerball Search page to type the numbers on your ticket and have the USA Mega computer search the past results. We will announce the number of big winners in this drawing, the states they came from, and the next jackpot within the next couple of hours, here on USA Mega. Good luck!
  • 9:40 am – Winning ticket for 2 million Mega Millions jackpot sold in California . A winning ticket to the 11th-largest U.S. lottery prize ever was sold at a liquor store in San Jose, California.
  • 1:38 am – Mega Millions Jackpot Winner! There was one 2 million jackpot winner from California in the Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Mega Millions drawing. More details to follow after the winner comes forward to claim their prize.
  • Also, 8 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a ,000,000 prize: 1 from Arizona, 2 from Massachusetts (1 with Megaplier), 1 from Michigan, 1 from Minnesota, 2 from New Jersey, and 1 from Texas (with Megaplier). For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, a list of the California pari-mutuel prize amounts, the drawing video, and all other data about this drawing, see the Mega Millions Drawing Detail page.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Further reading

  • A History of English Lotteries, by John Ashton, London: Leadenhall Press, 1893
  • Fortune’s Merry Wheel, by John Samuel Ezell, Harvard University Press, 1960.
  • Lotteries and Sweepstakes, 1932 by Ewen L’Estrange
  • The Lottery Encyclopedia, 1986 by Ron Shelley (NY Public Library)
  • Fate’s Bookie: How The Lottery Shaped The World by Gary Hicks, History Press, 2009
  • Lau, Christoph; Kramer, Ludwig (2005), Die Relativitätstheorie des Glücks. Über das Leben von Lottomillionären (The Relativity of Luck: About the Life of Lottery Millionaires) (in German), Herbolzheim: Centaurus, ISBN 978-3-8255-0605-6
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