Wisconsin's First Mega Millions Jackpot Won

Wednesday September 16th 2020

A single Wisconsin ticket has scored the Badger State's first-ever Mega Millions jackpot, an estimated $119 million ($94.6 million cash option). The big win comes after Arizona also got its first top prize from the game this summer.

The lucky ticket matched all six numbers in the Tuesday, September 15 draw: white balls 25, 28, 38, 59, 62, and the gold Mega Ball 22. The winning ticket was sold at Kwik Trip on Spring St. in Mount Pleasant.

“We are so excited to celebrate our first Mega Millions jackpot winner in the state of Wisconsin,” said Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin. “We very much look forward to meeting the winning ticket-holder. Also, a big congratulations to Kwik Trip for selling this lucky ticket!”

The first thing the winner should do is to sign the back of the ticket and store it safely. The ticket is valid for 180 days after the draw date, and the prize must be claimed in person at the Lottery's Madison office. An appointment is required and can be made by calling (608) 261-4916.

It's been a good summer for jackpots in America's Dairyland. In June, Wisconsin had a feel-good Powerball win, when an Elk Mound man shared his $22 million jackpot with his friend, honoring a 28-year-old agreement that if either won, they would split the prize.

Tuesday was the fifth time the Mega Millions jackpot has been hit in 2020. The largest was Arizona's historic first win of $414 million, the game's 11th-biggest prize. It was hit by a couple from Glendale on June 9, who said they had an "extra-lucky feeling" before buying their ticket.

New Jersey has taken two jackpots, $202 million on February 11 and $123 million on July 24. Neither of those winners has come forward to claim yet. On the other side of the country, a California player won $22 million on July 31 - that prize is also unclaimed.

More Mega Millions winners

In addition to the jackpot, last night's draw produced a $1 million ticket in Georgia that matched all five white balls to score the Match 5 second prize.

Thirteen players hit the $10,000 Match 4 third prize for matching four white balls, and two of those tickets actually increased to $40,000 each because the Megaplier multiplier option was added for an extra $1. Megaplier is a separate number randomly selected in every Mega Millions draw; last night's was 4X.

The total number of winners in Tuesday's draw was 471,063.

Have you won a prize? Use the Mega Millions number checker to find out if you're in line for a payout.

The current roll since the jackpot was last hit on July 31 has generated 10 Match 5 tickets worth $1 million or more and over 5.2 million prize winners at all levels.

Another first besides the jackpots in Wisconsin and Arizona was the game's biggest prize ever hit in the Virgin Islands, $3 million on August 28.

Your next chance to win Mega Millions is Friday, September 18. The jackpot has returned to its current starting level of $20 million ($15.9 million cash value).

If you don't want to wait that long, try your luck at Powerball - the $94 million top prize ($75.1 million cash) is up for grabs tonight, Wednesday, September 16. Tickets for both draws are available now.

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