A South Carolina man won the lottery twice in one night. Officials in Columbia said the man bought two identical tickets for the same Palmetto Cash 5 draw on June 17, 2017, and both of them were winners. Instead of winning $200,000, the man won $400,000. What about Mega Millions? Could you win Mega Millions twice in one draw?
To play Mega Millions, all you need to do is choose five numbers from a guess range of 1-75 and an additional Mega Ball number from a guess range of 1-15. There is nothing to prevent you from selecting identical numbers on more than one ticket. In theory, you could even buy five lines with the exact same numbers.
In its upcoming draw, the Mega Millions jackpot is $158 million. If you play Mega Millions this week, and your numbers came up, and no one else selected the winning numbers, you would win the entire jackpot. In a scenario where you had purchased two tickets with the exact same winning number combination, you would still win the same amount – $158 million. Imagine a situation when you purchased five tickets with the exact same numbers selected in the draw. With no other winners, you would still win $158 million, but nothing more.
But what if there were additional winners? If you purchase one ticket with the winning numbers and there is one additional player with a winning ticket, you would split the jackpot 50-50. Each of the winning tickets would be worth $79 million. If you had two tickets with the winning numbers and there was one other winning ticket, you would win 2/3 of the jackpot and the other winner would receive the remaining 1/3. All of this is theoretical, of course, as the odds of your winning the Mega Millions are extremely low.
Win Mega Millions Twice – It Is Possible
When would it really be worth your while to purchase two Mega Millions tickets with the same numbers? In Mega Millions draws, a $1 million prize is awarded to players who successfully match the five main numbers but not the Mega Ball number. Imagine a case when you have two such winning tickets. Instead of $1 million, you would receive $2 million. This prize would be even higher if you had included the Megaplier option when you purchased your tickets.
Can you purchase two tickets with the exact same numbers in any lottery? If you are purchasing tickets online for the Italian SuperEnalotto lottery, you will not be able to do this. In fact, you will get an error message that says, “You have already made this selection in another line. Please choose other numbers.”
Has anyone managed to win Mega Millions twice in one draw? Winning the Mega Millions jackpot twice in one draw is theoretically possible, but no one has ever accomplished this feat. In September 2014, Judy Marsh from Virginia won a $1 million Match 5 prize. That was the second time she won the second division Mega Millions prize. In 2008 she won $250,000 playing Mega Millions. Lightning did strike twice for her, but not in the same draw.
Back to that lucky player from South Carolina who won a huge lottery prize twice in one draw. According to media reports, “The odds of winning $200,000 playing Palmetto Cash 5 are 1 in 1,003,884. The odds of winning it twice in the same night are really lucky.”
You would be really lucky indeed to win Mega Millions twice. Play Mega Millions this week for a chance to win the $158 million jackpot!