14.07.2020 09:21

$410 million Mega Millions Jackpot is claimed by an Arizona couple who state to have been playing the lottery for nearly 40 years.

Husband and wife, aged 70 and 63, wished to remain anonymous, which is permitted by law in Arizona.

However, the couple commented on their victory.

“I have a birthday next month,

and my left hand itched for two weeks, which meant that we were on the way with the jackpot” – the woman said. “I also found a new shiny heads-up penny before buying our tickets, so I just knew I was lucky”

The couple chose winning numbers based on their family’s birthdays. The husband said that he felt relieved, because the bill would never come again, which he could not pay.

The couple opted for a one-time payment option of $ 316.8 million. After federal taxes of $ 76 million and $ 15.2 million in Arizona, the jackpot will be approximately $ 225 million. The winning numbers were 1, 5, 9, 10, 23 and Mega Ball No. 22.

Winners plan to pay a mortgage, allocate money for their children and grandchildren, invest and enjoy their vacation.

The winning ticket was purchased at Circle K’s store located at 20203 N 67th Avenue in Glendale. The retailer will receive a bonus of $ 50,000 from the lottery for the sale of a winning ticket, which, according to the store owner, will be transferred to the Arizona Cerebral Palsy Community.

The Arizona Lottery finances state social security programs, including health care, housing, and employment assistance for the homeless. Lottery income further supports foster and environmental services.


The COVID-19 pandemic was not spared and also dealt a blow to the profits from the lottery. State lotteries across the country reported a sharp decline in sales, and this has spread to the two most popular games: Mega Millions and Powerball.

Coronavirus haunted many, but interest in Mega Millions grew from February to June. Before a couple from Arizona became the lucky winner of their millions, the previous Mega Millions winner in New Jersey won $ 202 million.

During the February 11 and June 9 jackpots, there were more than 17.6 million winning tickets, including 46 tickets without a jackpot with a prize value of $ 1 million or more.

To win $ 1 million, a ticket must match all five white balls. The chances of this are 1 in 12 607 306. If the ticket matches four white balls plus a mega ball, then the prize is $ 10,000 with a coefficient of 1 out of 931 001.

The smallest odds of 1 in 37 correspond only to the Mega Ball number.

Mega Millions can be played online in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.