TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- With no jackpot winners since mid-July, the Mega Millions jackpot has been increased to an estimated $252 million jackpot for the Tuesday, September 18, drawing.
Florida players have the chance to become the state’s third jackpot winner by purchasing a $2 ticket at any of the more than 13,000 Florida Lottery retailers across the state.
Jackpot prize winners have the option to receive their winnings in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $148 million.
Jackpot prizes must be claimed within 60 days of the winning jackpot draw to receive the lump-sum payment. Winners have 180 days from the applicable drawing to claim their prize.
In addition to the jackpot prize, players can win lower-tier prizes ranging from $2 to $5 million by matching any of the non-jackpot-winning combinations.
Since joining the multi-state Mega Millions game in 2013, Florida has had more than 42 million winning tickets totaling more than $614 million in prizes. Additionally, the game has generated more than $368 million for Florida students and schools.
Tickets must be purchased by 10:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday to be eligible for that night’s 11:00 p.m. ET drawing.
Mega Millions drawings and all other Florida Lottery drawings are broadcast live on Fox 4 in Southwest Florida.