The MEGA MILLIONS® jackpot has been rolling since July 27, resulting in an estimated $252 million jackpot for the Tuesday, September 18, drawing. Florida players have the chance to become the state’s third MEGA MILLIONS jackpot winner by purchasing a $2 ticket at any of the more than 13,000 Lottery retailers across the state.
Jackpot prize winners have the option to receive their winnings in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $148 million. Jackpot prizes must be claimed within 60 days of the winning jackpot draw to receive the lump-sum payment. Winners have 180 days from the applicable drawing to claim their prize.
In addition to the jackpot prize, players can win lower-tier prizes ranging from $2 to $5 million by matching any of the non-jackpot-winning combinations. There have been more than 539,000 Florida MEGA MILLIONS winners in this series of rollovers, winning more than $6 million in prizes.
Since joining the multi-state MEGA MILLIONS game in 2013, Florida has had more than 42 million winning tickets totaling more than $614 million in prizes. Additionally, the game has generated more than $368 million for Florida students and schools.
Tickets must be purchased by 10:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday to be eligible for that night’s 11:00 p.m. ET drawing. MEGA MILLIONS drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state. Drawings are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website. Winning numbers can be found at retailers statewide, on the Lottery’s website and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.