Mega Millions Jackpot Soars to $97 Million, No June 21 Winner


In the twinkling, starlit hours of the night, the glamorous world of the Mega Millions lottery whirled, teased, and left many gasping with excitement as the elusive jackpot found no home in the drawing held on June 21. As a result, the grand prize, glamorous, alluring, and undeniably enticing, swelled to a resounding $97 million for the Tuesday, June 25 draw.

A vivid montage of magnetic numbers was painted; the winning combination turned out to be 3, 16, 27, 47, and 62, alongside the golden Mega Ball bearing the number 8. Further adding to the thrill was the announcement of the Megaplier, playing out as a thrilling fourfold multiplication of non-jackpot prizes.

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The preceding Friday saw its own display of dancing digits. The Mega Millions draw revealed 3, 18, 27, 40, and 44, with the shimmer of the Mega Ball number 19, all under the tantalizing sheen of a multiplied bounty – a heart-stopping 4x Megaplier.

For those of you whose hearts flutter at the mere thought of joining this entrancing lottery dance, here’s what you need to know. A mere $2 grants you entry. The odds? They stand at a daunting one in 302.6 million to bring home the grand prize—but the stakes, it seems, makes the game all the more intriguing. Prizes can swing from a humble $2 all the way up to that breathtaking,
multi-million-dollar jackpot, the amount of which fluctuates.

Now, shifting the focus onto the lovely dairy state, Wisconsin—the details surrounding its state lottery may pique your interest. A startling revelation may instill urgency into every ticket holder—the ticking clock of a 180-day window from the date of the drawing to claim any winnings that fortune may deem their due.

In an inevitable twist of irony, it is the glory of the unclaimed winnings that brings relief to the masses as they are absorbed back into the state, bearing fruit as credits to the Wisconsin Lottery Property tax relief fund.

Yet, the comforting truth about the odds of this extravagant game of chance persists. Regardless of whether the jackpot sings a tune of $20 million or bellows a roaring $1 billion, the odds remain unchanged for matching all six numbers. Wondering about anonymity in the event of your win? Well, Wisconsin remains an open book, as names and cities of winners must be shared due to open records laws.

For Wisconsin winners who might be musing about how to claim their prizes, the practicalities can be surprisingly ordinary. Winners of amounts up to $599 find multiple avenues: local lottery retailers, state lottery offices, or even simply mailed. Prizes that climb between $600 and $199,999 can also be claimed in person, or mailed, while those over $200,000 demand a personal appearance at the Wisconsin Lottery office.

Adding a touch of historical grandeur to our yarn, we map the trajectory of the breathtaking moments when the lottery jackpot crossed the billion-dollar threshold. A total of 11 occasions from Jan. 22, 2021 to June 25, 2024, saw jackpots soar over a billion, reaching the peak of an eye-watering $2.04 billion on Nov. 7, 2022.

Thus, as we delineate the captivating saga of the Mega Millions and Powerball, the lure of the game, illustrated by these 10 most opulent jackpots in U.S. history reminds us of the intoxicating allure and nail-biting suspense of this lottery dance. From California to Tennessee, from Oregon to Illinois, these thrilling numbers have painted their stories across the canvas of the American dream.