On August 31 in the year of 1996 the future greatest lotery organisation began. At that time the name of the organisation was ‘The Big Game’. The first event of The Big Game started on september 6, 1996. At that time six states were participating The Big Game: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachussets, Michigan and Virginia. The Game was getting bigger and bigger so a Tuesday drawing was added in Februari 1998. Furthermore people were given a cash pay out option an even a larger choice of numbers. In 1999, New Jersey was the seventh member state of the Big Game who was definitely making his name in the US.
Beginning of Mega Millions lotery
2002 was the year the name of the game was changed into Mega Millions and the states New York, Ohio and Washington joined the group of ‘game members’. There was also a positive change in game matrix and prize amounts which made it even more interresting for people to buy a lottery ticket.
In December 2003 and June 2005 Texas and California joined Mega Millions which made Mega Millions the country’s most widely played multi-state jackpot game. The Empire got even real big on January 31, 2010 when 23 states joined Mega Millions collaborated by Powerball. Since that time Mega Millions is played in 45 jurisdictions containing 43 states plus the district of Columbia and the U.S Virgin Islands.
The absolute climax was reached on the 30th of march, 2012. Mega millions was breaking every record with offering a prize jackpot of $656 million! It was right away the most largest prize in the lotery history. Mega Millions splitted the jackpot in three by winning tickets in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.
On the 19th of October 2013 the lotery company entered a new era. They created bigger jackpots, better overall ods and second-tier prizes op to $5 million with the Megaplier feature.
Below is a list of the largest Mega Millions jackpots
(in millions USD)
(in millions USD)
|$474||$656||March 30, 2012||3||World’s largest jackpot (cash or annuity)|
|$347.639485||$648||December 17, 2013||2 (CA, GA)||2nd largest annuity value|
|$240||$380||January 4, 2011||2 (ID, WA)|
|$233||$390||March 6, 2007||2 (GA, NJ)|
|$224||$400||March 18, 2014||2 (FL, MD)|
|$210||$336||August 28, 2009||2 (NY, CA)||NY winner chose annuity (the cash/annuity choice made “when playing” required per then-NY Lottery rules)|
|$208.3||$330||August 31, 2007||4|
|$202.9||$319||March 25, 2011||1 NY)||Largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won|
|$180||$363||May 9, 2000||2 (IL, MI)||Largest The Big Game jackpot|