Updated annuity and cash jackpot final tallies, and location winning ticket was sold
By Todd Northrop
After a run of 26 drawings without a jackpot winner, the 27th drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions game produced a single $516 million winner last night when one lottery ticket sold in Pennsylvania matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball.
The winner will now have to choose between being paid $516 million in 30 annually-increasing payments over 29 years or the lump-sum cash value of $349.3 million.
According to USA Mega's Mega Millions Jackpot Analysis, after all taxes are paid, the winner either will receive $310.3 million by the end of 29 years, or $209.4 million in cash all at once.
The massive Mega Millions haul is the 18th-largest lottery jackpot of all time in the United States, and the 15th-largest cash value ever awarded. (See full top-25 list below.)
The ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven at 2760 Trenton Road in Levittown, which is Northeast of Philadelphia in Bucks County. The store will get a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
It's the third, and largest, Mega Millions jackpot won in Pennsylvania since the state joined the game in 2010. A Pittsburgh man won a $149 million prize on May 20, 2014, and a $153 million jackpot was won on July 21, 2015, by a Virginia truck driver while on his route in Pennsylvania.
The Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, May 21, 2021, were: 6, 9, 17, 18, and 48, with Mega Ball number 8. The Megaplier was 3.
Fortunately, even if you didn't win the jackpot, the Mega Millions game still offers another 8 ways to win lower-tier prizes.
But unfortunately, not a single ticket won the second prize of $1 million.
53 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Mega Ball and won $10,000. Of those tickets, 10 were purchased with the Megaplier option, increasing the prize to $30,000, and 9 were sold in California, where the prize was $6,665 this drawing.
Unlike all the other Mega Millions states, California awards all prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning the prizes will change each drawing based on the number of tickets sold and the number of tickets that won at each prize level.
In total, more than 1.7 million tickets won prizes across the game's nine prize tiers in Friday's drawing. Apart from the jackpot, there were more than $9.7 million in prizes awarded last night.