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New York Post
5 Aug 2023


NextImg:Next Mega Millions drawing could be largest jackpot in history

The Mega Millions pot has gotten sweeter.

Tuesday’s drawing, with an estimated $1.55 billion grand prize, is set to be the largest in the game’s history.

It tops the previous record-winning pot of $1.537 billion won in South Carolina in 2018.

Some New Yorkers are level-headed when it comes to what they’d do if they had the winning numbers.

“I feel like the smart thing would be to invest some of it, right? In, like, whatever I can. Something entry-level and easy,” Long Island native Natali Sanchez, 18, who now lives in Stuyvesant Park, told The Post.

The part-time student and barista also said she would take a break from the city.

“Other than that, I would get the hell out of New York, like, go on vacation somewhere — a different country,” she added.

Retired hospital administrator Juan Ferrera, 69, would stay in the Big Apple, but relocate.

“I would move into a nicer apartment … I would stay in the Upper West Side, but I would find a nicer apartment,” he said.

There have been 31 straight contests without a winner.
Robert Miller

He would also share the wealth with his loved ones.

“I would give most of it to my family. I mean, I’m not going to do much with it,” he explained. “But most of it would be given away to my children, my nephews and nieces and my brother.”

No one matched all six numbers in Friday night’s contest, making for 31 straight contests without a winner.

In those 31 drawings, there have been more than $36.6 million winning tickets, ranging from $2 to $5 million.

The next Mega Millions drawing will be Tuesday night at 11 p.m.

The next Mega Millions drawing will be Tuesday night at 11 p.m.
Robert Miller

Before the April 18 win, there was another win in New York — $483 million on April 14 — which was taken home by Howard Beach, Queens resident and retired Manhattan building handyman Johnnie Taylor, 71.

The biggest jackpot in a national lottery was last year’s $2.05 billion prize, won by California resident Edwin Castro, who played a $2 Powerball ticket for the life-changing amount.

Castro was later sued by a friend who claimed Castro stole the winning ticket.

Mega Millions numbers will be drawn at 11 p.m. on Tuesday. A winner will take home about $757.2 million if they opt for the lump sum cash option.