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Mega Millions lottery winners won over $900,000,000 in March 2012

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There were 32,134,727 Mega Millions lottery winners in March 2012. The total value of all lottery prizes won was a record USD 899,873,716.

The Mega Millions lottery is a popular lottery game in the United States of America.

On Friday, 30 March 2012, three lottery winners won the Mega Millions lottery jackpot prize. Each winner won USD 218,666,667. The final value of the jackpot prize was USD 656,000,000 (previously: USD 640,000,000) - the largest lottery jackpot prize of all time.

The three jackpot winners are all from the United States of America. The US states of Illinois , Maryland and Kansas had one jackpot winner each.

The jackpot winners from Maryland and Kansas elected to stay anonymous. The winner from Kansas came forward on 9 April 2012, and chose to receive a cash payout of USD 110.5 million. The cash payment is determined after the deduction of state and federal taxes.

The jackpot winner from Maryland is a lottery syndicate. The syndicate is called "The Three Amigos", and consists of three friends (two women and one man). The syndicate bought 60 Mega Millions lottery tickets for the lottery draw held on 30 March 2012. Each syndicate winner received a cash payout of approximately USD 35 million (Total after tax prize of USD 105 million).

The winner from Illinois could not stay anonymous due to lottery rules, and the winner was revealed on 20 April 2012. The winner is Mr. Merle Butler from the city of Red Bud.

Mega Millions winners from Illinois
Merle and Patricia Butler are the third Mega Millions jackpot winners for Friday 30 March 2012.

Mr. Merle Butler won the jackpot prize by purchasing a USD 3.00 "Quick-Pick" lottery ticket. He received an after tax cash payout of approximately USD 110 million.

Both Merle and his wife, Patricia, are retired. The couple said they do not have any immediate plans to spend the money, but are consulting with various legal and financial advisers. Merle stated during a press conference: "I am sure we will be using part of the winnings to do some real good..."

Below is a summary of winning Mega Millions lottery for March 2012. Visit our Mega Millions lottery blog for detailed lottery results.

Lottery draw date Mega Millions lottery numbers - March 2012
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 MEGA
Friday 2 March 2012 16 29 48 52 54 5
Tuesday 6 March 2012 20 24 31 33 36 44
Friday 9 March 2012 9 10 27 36 42 11
Tuesday 13 March 2012 2 8 30 36 48 31
Friday 16 March 2012 28 29 43 51 53 7
Tuesday 20 March 2012 1 4 6 11 14 30
Friday 23 March 2012 6 17 19 20 21 20
Tuesday 27 March 2012 9 19 34 44 51 24
Friday 30 March 2012 2 4 23 38 46 23

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The USD 899,873,716 total prize value excludes prizes won from the "MEGAPLIER" option. The MEGAPLIER feature doubles, triples or quadruples non-jackpot prizes. MEGAPLIER lottery prizes won in March 2012, together with the normal Mega Millions lottery prizes, will result in a total prizes won in March 2012 of over USD 900,000,000. We attempt to ensure the accuracy of information we publish on our website. However, we cannot take any responsibility for any errors or omissions. Please also refer to our terms and conditions.

 



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