The buyer of the lottery ticket in the US won $ 522 million
The American lottery Mega Millions announced that the buyer of the winning lottery ticket in California became the owner of the $ 522 million jackpot. This is reported on the official website of the lottery.
This is the fifth largest jackpot in the history of the American lottery. His amount has increased since May. In mid-July, it was $ 375 million, and on Saturday already $ 493 million. The name of the winner has not yet been called.
The lucky ticket was sold at the Ernie's Liquors liquor store in San Jose. Mercury News quotes 65-year-old owner of the institution Kuel Sahdev, who predicted that the event will have a positive impact on his business, as "people will think that this is a lucky shop."
The store itself will also not be left without a prize. The places where the jackpot is played receive about $ 30 thousand as incentives.
In the history of the Mega Millions lottery, the biggest prize was $ 656 million on March 30, 2012, but then it was shared by three winners - in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland. The current result is the fifth in the history of the lottery.
Get the entire amount of the winner immediately can not. According to the rules, if he decides to take the money at a time, he will receive about $ 320 million. If the winner wants to get the whole amount, he will have to agree to payment in installments for 29 years. In any case, the prize in the lottery is taxed at a rate of 39.6%.
The Mega Millions lottery is held in most US states, as well as in the US Virgin Islands.
As for the other lotteries, the biggest win in the US was recorded last year. In the Powerball draw, a nurse from Massachusetts, Mavis Wanchik, won $ 758 million.