"Big jackpots are fun for our players, a boost to local businesses, and support education in our state," said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. "We would love to have another jackpot winner but we always remind folks it takes a lot of luck to win a lottery prize, and to please play responsibly."
If won in North Carolina, the $363 million annuity would more than double the largest lottery prize awarded in state history. The North Carolina Education Lottery said the current record is held by Frank Griffin of Asheville who won a $141.4 million Powerball jackpot in February of 2010.
The $363 million jackpot is the third largest in the history of Mega Millions, and the fourth largest jackpot in U.S. history.
Tuesday's jackpot has a $259,800,000 cash value.