Mega Millions Jackpot Hits Half a Billion Dollars After 16 Weeks Without a Lottery Winner

by Katie Maloney

If someone wins the current Mega Millions jackpot, they could take home more than Taylor Swift’s net worth.

Do you want overnight wealth that rivals that of one of the most famous country/pop superstars of all time? Well, then you better go get your Mega Millions lottery tickets because the current jackpot is valued at almost half a billion dollars – more than Taylor Swift’s net worth. I guess you could say, people are hoping that they will be evermore wealthy after winning the Mega Millions jackpot.

Officials said that there were four tickets that matched five white balls to win the game’s second prize of at least $1 million on Tuesday night, but no ticket matched all six numbers. After the lack of win, the jackpot jumped to $490 million. As one of the world’s highest-paid celebrities, Swift’s net worth is about $365 million. That much money would get a lot of people financially out of the woods (we are full of T-Swift puns!).

Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods.”

What Is The Largest Mega Millions Jackpot Win?

After the year we’ve all had, starting 2021 with half a billion dollars could make someone’s life a whole lot better. However, the current jackpot isn’t even close to the highest Mega Millions jackpot of all time. In fact, it’s only the eighth largest prize in Mega Millions history. The largest jackpot (in which the jackpot was won) in Mega Millions history was $1.537 billion. The winner was from South Carolina and won in 2018.

Additionally, since the last jackpot win, more than 19.2 million winning tickets have been sold at all prize levels. This includes 27 tickets worth at least $1 million, according to officials.

If someone wins the half-billion, they can choose between the $490 million annuity option, which is awarded over 29 years. Or the winner can choose the cash option and take home $372.3 million. Either way, with that amount of money, the winner could buy themselves and Taylor Swift more cardigans than they could ever imagine!