$1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot winner claims prize in Florida
$1.6B Mega Millions winner in Florida remains anonymous for 90 days under new law, claimed prize on Sept. 25.
Winner can opt for lump sum or annuity in Florida. Lump sum must be claimed within 60 days; annuity paid in 30 annual installments. No state income tax in Florida.
Publix Supermarket Win
Ticket purchased at Neptune Beach Publix store. Winning numbers: 13, 19, 20, 32, 33, Mega Ball 14, drawn on Aug. 8.
Largest jackpot ever was a $2.04B Powerball ticket in California on Nov. 8, 2022.
Second-largest was a $1.586B Powerball prize on Jan. 13, 2016, split among three tickets in California, Florida, and Tennessee.
Top Mega Millions Prizes
Other top Mega Millions prizes include $1.537B in South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2018; $1.35B in Maine on Jan. 13, 2023; and $1.337B in Illinois on July 29, 2022.
Many winners prefer anonymity. Maine winner used LaKoma Island Investments LLC.
Virginia's winner from March 4, 2023, opted for a $156.7M annuity, remaining anonymous under state law.
Most opt for lump sum. Last Powerball winner to choose annuity before 2023 was in 2014.
Mega Millions Reach
The lottery is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands, making it one of the most widely played lotteries in the U.S.
Jackpot is subject to federal taxes. No state income tax in Florida, allowing the winner to keep more of their prize.
The $1.6B win adds to the list of Mega Millions prizes over a billion dollars, showcasing the lottery's immense popularity and the substantial amounts at stake.