A ticket sold in Florida just won the largest Mega Millions jackpot in the history of the game. The final estimated jackpot ended up at $1.58 billion for the Tuesday, Aug. 8 drawing. With a cash value of $783.3 million, the prize ranks as the third-largest jackpot of any lottery game.
Mega Millions has contributed four of the top-ten largest jackpots, and the most recent prize is the fifth to reach $1 billion. This will be the fourth Mega Millions jackpot won in FL. The most recent FL jackpot was just last year, on Oct. 14. That $502 million prize was split with another winner in California.
The Mega Millions jackpot now resets to $20 million for the next drawing on Friday.
Mega Millions drawings are held twice per week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Check the winning numbers here after the drawing at 11 p.m. ET.
Pennsylvania players can now buy tickets online at the PA iLottery website or mobile app. Online tickets offer automatic notifications if you win a prize, so you never miss out on potential winnings.
Mega Millions winning numbers for Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Winning numbers: 13-19-20-32-33
Mega Ball: 14
Recent Mega Millions winners
In Tuesday’s historical drawing, another slate of players won prizes of $1 million or more, including another player in Pennsylvania. A Lawrence County retailer sold a ticket that matched the first five white balls to win $1 million. That retailer was Zain Mini Mart at 2012 East Washington Street in New Castle.
The other $1 million-winning tickets were sold in California, Texas (two) and West Virginia. Two tickets won $2 million each in Florida and North Carolina.
Odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot
As a general rule of thumb, the larger a potential gambling payout is, the less likely you are to win it. Though the odds don’t change as the Mega Millions jackpot grows, it is a multi-state game that sells millions of tickets for every drawing. As it sits today, with 30 drawings in a row without a winner, you can see just how rare it is to win that prize.
To be exact, the odds of hitting the Mega Millions jackpot on a single ticket are 1 in 302,575,350.
The chances of winning the second-tier prize of $1 million or more are 1 in 12,607,306. There are nine total prize tiers, with better odds and lower prizes as you go down the list. The lower prizes are less impressive, but it pays to always check your tickets.
Top ten largest lottery jackpots in US history
|1. $2.04 billion||Powerball||Nov. 7, 2022||California|
|2. $1.586 billion||Powerball||Jan. 13, 2016||California, Florida and Tennessee|
|3. $1.537 billion||Mega Millions||Oct. 23, 2018||South Carolina|
|4. $1.35 billion||Mega Millions||Jan. 13, 2023||Maine|
|5. $1.337 billion||Mega Millions||July 29, 2022||Illinois|
|6. $1.05 billion||Mega Millions||Jan. 22, 2021||Michigan|
|7. $1 billion||Powerball||July 19, 2023||California|
|8. $768.4 million||Powerball||March 27, 2019||Wisconsin|
|9. $758.7 million||Powerball||Aug. 23, 2017||Massachusetts|
|10. $754.6 million||Powerball||Feb. 6, 2023||Washington|