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Since no one hit the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday night, the top prize has climbed to $375 million.
If you win in the next drawing on Tuesday, you get the choice of taking a lump sum of $226 million or 30 annual payments averaging $12.5 million each.
Of course, you won’t actually get the advertised amount. And you can thank Uncle Sam for that.
Regardless of the payment option you choose, the federal government gets 25 percent of the loot right off the bat. With the lump-sum choice, this would mean the IRS takes $56.5 million of the $226 million, according to estimates from lottery site USAMega.com. That would reduce the winner’s take to $169.5 million.
With the annuity option, annual payments of about $12.5 million would be reduced yearly to about $9.4 million from roughly $3.1 million going to the IRS. Over 30 years, that would mean $282 million for you and $93 million paid in federal taxes.
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On top of that, you face state taxes unless you live in one of a handful of places where lottery wins are tax-free. In states that do take a piece, the range is from a high of 8.82 percent in New York to a low of 2.9 percent in North Dakota.
Your final tax bill to both your state and the IRS could also be much higher, depending on your individual situation.
The $375 million jackpot amount marks the 10th biggest in the game’s history. The largest was $656 million in 2012, when three ticket holders hit the winning numbers.