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What should you do if you win massive Mega Millions drawing

Mega Millions Lottery
Posted at 9:24 AM, Jul 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-25 12:42:09-04

Mega Millions is expected to have its third-largest jackpot ever on Tuesday, reaching at least $810 million.

While your odds of winning might be one in over 300 million, the prospect of winning such a large jackpot might have you wondering what should you do if you win the jackpot.

According to State Farm, the first thing you should do is to secure your ticket and keep it protected. Then, hire an attorney and financial adviser, the company said.

“You're going to need a lawyer, accountant and financial adviser who have experience with large financial windfalls — finding them should be one of your first steps before you claim your money,” State Farm said.

According to Mega Millions, the amount of time a person has to claim a prize varies based on the state. States give anywhere from 90 days to one year to claim lottery winnings.

When you turn in the ticket, you can opt for a lump sum or receive a 29-year annuity. According to Mega Millions, the annuity grows 5% each year.

If you take the lump sum, the amount will be somewhat lower than the advertised jackpot. For instance, April's $20 million jackpot win paid out $11.9 million in cash.

While it might be tempting to opt for an annuity given the higher overall payout, investing a lump sum might provide a better return. According to Nerd Wallet, the average return of the stock market is 10%. Given compound interest, it would only take investing a portion of the winnings to become a billionaire within 30 years.

Numbers will be drawn for Tuesday’s drawing at 11 p.m. ET. If no one hits all six numbers on Tuesday, Friday’s jackpot will be even larger.