NASHVILLE—Although the whirlwind Mega Millions jackpot run has ended with a single winning ticket sold in South Carolina, jackpot fever remains high with tonight’s $620 million Powerball jackpot. This jackpot is the third largest in Powerball history and the sixth largest in U.S. lottery history.
Meanwhile, the historic $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot—the highest for the game and the second highest in history—generated excitement, funds for education, prizes for winners and commissions for retailers.
A few Tennessee-specific details about the jackpot run, which began July 27, 2018, and concluded Oct. 23, 2018, include:
- An estimated $17.8 million raised for education
- Over $7.7 million in prizes won by Tennessee players
- Nearly $3 million in commissions earned by Lottery retailers
- Total sales of $44.4 million
Additionally, last night’s drawing alone produced more than 287,000 winning tickets in Tennessee.
About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $4.7 billion to fund designated education programs, including after-school programs, college grants and scholarships and the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiatives.
In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $12.9 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.2 billion in retailer commissions.
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