Tuesday's $493 million will rank as the fifth-largest Mega Millions jackpot of all-time and the 11th largest pot for any lottery game played in the US, including Powerball.
That drawing will have a payday of $493 million that will be up for grabs.
Consult with a financial advisor. The state of North Carolina also takes bite out by imposing an additional state income tax of 5.499 percent.
The lottery game's jackpot grew to a whopping $433 million this week after the July 17 drawing yielded no winners of the top prize.
The odds of winning both jackpots are 1 in 75 quadrillion - that's 15 zeros - according to data scientists at Allstate. Matching five numbers, but not the final "match" number produces a $1 million payout. The jackpot will now be at least $493 million in next Tuesday's drawing. Forty-seven people matched four white balls and the Mega Ball and won $10,000.
The third-largest prize was $536 million from a ticket in IN on July 8, 2016.
The last jackpot was won on May 4.
Many South Florida residents have purchased tickets to get their hands on some big bucks thanks to the Mega Million jackpot.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states. Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Alabama and MS do not participate.