Mega Millions Jackpot Swells to $97 Million as No Winner Emerges Yet


How many dream of instant wealth, of a life transformed by the turn of a lottery drum? It seems a certain allure of Mega Millions might just make those dreams a reality. As the suspense swelled on April 5, eager lottery participants tuned in only to discover that no one, in fact, managed to accurately predict the five requisite numbers plus the Mega Ball. As a result, the already substantial grand prize has now surged up to a dizzying total of $97 million for the forthcoming April 9 draw.

On the evening in question, hopeful fortune-seekers checked their tickets. The numbers drawn for the Mega Millions were a curious 34-43-51-52-69 combination, with the elusive Mega Ball appearing as 25. The Megaplier – a second chance at success – was drawn as 4x. As for Friday’s numbers – those were 20-30-54-63-65, accompanied by a Mega Ball of 14 and a Megaplier of 3x.

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Contrary to popular belief, entrance into this world of possible overnight riches does not require a king’s ransom. Tickets, in fact, begin at a mere $2 apiece. However, the game does not stop at simply purchasing a ticket. There are aspects of the lottery one should be familiar with: like the odds of winning, the expiration of a winning ticket if purchased in the revered dairy state, Wisconsin, and the fate of unclaimed prize money, according to the Wisconsin Lottery.

On the evening of Tuesday, April 9, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot soared to an estimated sum of $97 million. For those who preferred immediate gratification, a cash option of $45 million was also available. Yet winning, of course, does not equate to immediate payment. Winners holding Wisconsin Lottery tickets have 180 days – or roughly six months – from the date of the drawing to claim their winnings. Should the clock strike midnight on that 180th day without a claim being made, the money doesn’t simply vanish into thin air.

According to the protocols of the Wisconsin Lottery, unclaimed prize money is redirected to the Wisconsin Lottery property tax relief fund. This effectively puts the money back into the hands and homes of Wisconsin residents. As for the probability of requiring such knowledge about claiming a prize, it’s worth noting that the odds of winning a Mega Millions lottery game stands at approximately 1 in 302.6 million. But before despair sets in at such daunting figures, keep in mind that even without matching all six numbers, other prizes ranging from $2 to a varying grand prize jackpot can still be won.

So, what are the chances of winning the Mega Millions, irrespective of whether the jackpot stands at $20 million or has swelled to $1 billion? The stats hold a steady promise – a 1 in 24 chance of winning a prize, while the odds of flawlessly matching all six numbers linger at a 1 in 302.6 million chance.

And, if you happen to defy the odds and emerge victorious in the Wisconsin lottery, one question remains: Can you keep your sudden abundance a secret? Unfortunately not. In the state, open record laws dictate the lottery must release the name and city of the winner upon request. However, further information about the winner requires consent to be revealed.

Now, let’s imagine you’re one of the lucky ones, and against all odds, multiple millions await your eager hands. How do you claim your winnings? That largely depends on how much you’ve won. Prizes up to $599 can be redeemed at any Wisconsin Lottery retail. For larger sums, the Wisconsin Lottery office in either Madison or Milwaukee is the next stop. Prizes over $200,000, however, must be claimed in Madison.

As the anticipation for the next draw mounts, it’s thrilling to remind ourselves of the eleven times the lotto jackpots have crested at a staggering billion or more. The record-breaking moment in lottery history came on November 7, 2022, when a solitary ticket holder in California hit a breathtaking $2.04 billion, reminding us that, indeed, fortune may strike in the most extraordinary way on any given day.

So as we continue to hope, to play, to dream, we remind ourselves again of the lure of the Mega Millions – the promise of an instant windfall, a dazzling fortune won with merely a $2 ticket. The chances stack heavily against us, yet hope persistently lives on, for in this game of numbers, any day could transform the ordinary to the extraordinary. For one single lucky lottery participant, today may just be that day.