Maybe it’s just anecdotal. Maybe it’s just the people I’ve come across. But when a lottery jackpot gets big I often hear people say, “No one from New Jersey ever wins.”
They’ll say it’s always someone from Texas or Florida or wherever.
And Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot got really, really big. Over $1 billion big. By 11 p.m. drawing time on July 29 it just might creep over the line to be the third biggest lottery jackpot in United States history. The cash option alone (which almost everyone takes) is over $600 million. After taxes you’re still walking away with over $400 million.
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