The latest multistate Mega Millions jackpot is worth about $636 million, the second-largest jackpot in that game's history.
The cost of a Mega Millions ticket is $1. Since March 2012, when a record-setting $656 million Mega Millions jackpot was awarded, the U.S. has seen some of its largest lottery prizes.
The current jackpot, which has shot by the $590.5 million won by a Florida widow in May, has rolled 22 times since it began rolling Oct. 4.
Such payouts are rewriting the financial rules about handling extraordinary and sudden good fortune—from dealing with reconfigured lives to getting tax advice.
"Buy that Rolls and save the rest" has become "Lawyer up and start a foundation."
By Paul O'Donnell
Originally posted 8 Aug. 2013;
Updated 17 Dec. 2013