I haven't bought any lottery tickets in quite a while, but the excitement around this jackpot was too strong to resist.
I spent $5 on tickets. And, so far, I've gotten my money's worth just imagining the things I could do with the winnings.
After listening to all the things one has to do if one holds the winning ticket (first, sign it on the back in very small letters--to leave room for the name of the foundation you'll set up), including the problems protecting your anonymity (from all the people, long lost relatives, and charities that will come after you), and deciding where you can safely park that amount of money and who you can trust to manage it, and how to go about setting up a foundation, etc., I've realized that winning may be very stressful. Not that I'll turn the top prize down if my numbers come up--$640 million can buy a lot of Valium to help with the stress.
At the same time I bought my Mega Millions tickets I bought a daily numbers game ticket and I won $20 on that one. So I already consider myself a winner.
They have to have a Mega Millions winner tonight--I heard they have sold every possible combination of numbers because of the number of tickets sold.
The lump sum payout is 346 million after federal taxes, and state and city tax rates could make a $20 million difference in how much the winner takes home, depending on where they live.