If you are reading this and live in Maryland, Kansas or Illinois and bought a Mega Millions ticket you should go look. Despite the fact that 1.6 billion tickets were sold, only three tickets matched the winning numbers of America's largest jackpot ever. Each winning ticket will get about $213M before taxes.
So, if there are 176M combinations and 1.6 billion tickets were sold, it should stand to reason that about ten winning tickets were sold instead of three. That means that some number combinations must have had more than ten tickets printed. I'm guessing that there was probably a combination out there that a hundred tickets printed which kind of would have sucked if you won. Instead of thinking you are going to get $640M you might have ended up with 4 or 5 million. That is still great, but kind of a let down from 640M.
Maryland officials jumped the gun last night and said they had the only winner. That person went to bed thinking they won $640M and wake up to find out it is just $213M. Yeah, I used the worst just.
Congratulations to the winners. Go have yourselves a party!