But what happens after you win big? One of life's few certainties: paying taxes.
The IRS automatically takes 25% of any lottery winnings as tax money, so you can already drop that cash lump sum to $451,875,000.
Is it better to take your
Mega Millions payment as
a lump sum or an annuity?
There are benefits and downsides to both methods. The lump sum affords more control over winnings and investments, but higher taxes overall. The annuity payment option means less initial control but lower taxes because it allows people to take advantage of yearly tax deductions. This decision is why some winners seek out a financial advisor after hitting the jackpot.
The math doesn't end there. Lottery winnings are taxed the same as wages or salary on both federal and state levels, so you'll pay more taxes come spring 2023.
Federal tax brackets still apply, so portions of the winnings will be taxed at different rates and could be as high as 37%. State and local tax rates vary by location, but Ohio's highest tax rate is about 4%.
After all taxes have been taken out, you're left with about $427,775,000, according to TaxAct's lottery tax calculator.
The Mega Millions jackpot now sits at an estimated $1.02 billion, or $602.5 million cash, after no grand prize tickets were sold for the Tuesday night drawing.