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$810 Million Up For Grabs Tonight

July 26th, 2022

But How Would You Spend It If You Won?

CHICAGO, July 26, 2022 – The Mega Millions jackpot is $810 million for tonight’sdrawing, which would be the fourth largest jackpot ever won in the U.S.

Illinois Lottery players across the State are heading into their local lottery store to pick up a ticket. With $810 million up for grabs, players will be indulging in the wildest daydreams asking themselves, “What would I do if I won?”.

Here are five suggestions to start making some dreams come true:

1. Take a trip to space. If you’ve always wanted to join the space race, you could get yourself on the next rocket to the International Space Station for $55 million.

2. Make a movie. If you’ve been practicing your Oscar speech in the shower, you could make your own movie. For around $100 million, you could try and make the next cult classic - but if you’d prefer to make a blockbuster, it will set you back about $300 million.

3. Trade your zip code. Do you fancy living in a fancy neighborhood? Chicago’s historic Gold Coast is one of the most affluent urban neighborhoods in the country - and its most expensive home is on sale for just $18.75 million.

4. Build your own roller coaster. If space is slightly too far, but you love a stomach-dropping adventure, you could think about building your own rollercoaster. Not including the land, the average cost to build a roller coaster is about 8 million dollars.

5. Collect the interest. If you’re a saver, rather than a spender, you could put the money in the bank and watch it grow. Depending on the final take-home amount, at current rates this jackpot could earn around $500,000 a month in interest.

Mega Millions is played every Tuesday and Friday night, with the next draw taking place on Tuesday, July 26 at 10 p.m. (CT).  Mega Millions tickets are $2 each, and players can add the Megaplier for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes.


About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $23 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools and special causes.