Mega Millions Payout Calculator

Winning the Mega Millions jackpot is no easy feat, and even if you do it doesn't mean you'll be taking home the entire prize amount. Assuming you beat the odds and match the draw perfectly, federal and state laws require that a sizable portion of your prize money goes towards taxes. But, how much? Our Mega Millions calculator takes into account the federal and state tax rates and calculates payouts for both lump-sum cash and annual payment options, so you can compare the two. You'll also find a payout table for the annual payment option below for a more detailed breakdown.

Just input the estimated jackpot amount, select your state, and our Mega Millions payout calculator will do all the rest. 

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Lump Sum/Cash Option Calculator

Gross Payout (~61% of the jackpot) $610,000
Federal Taxes Paid (24%) $146,400
Arizona Taxes Paid ( 5% ) $30,500
Net Payout (after taxes) $433,100

Annuity Calculator (Totals)

Gross Payout $1,000,000
Federal Taxes Paid (24%) $240,000
Arizona Taxes Paid ( 5% ) $50,000
Net Payout (after taxes) $710,000

Annuity Calculator (Per Year)

Year Gross Payout Federal Taxes Arizona Taxes Net Payout
1 $15,051 $3,612 $753 $10,687 per year
2 $15,804 $3,793 $790 $11,221 per year
3 $16,594 $3,983 $830 $11,782 per year
4 $17,424 $4,182 $871 $12,371 per year
5 $18,295 $4,391 $915 $12,990 per year
6 $19,210 $4,610 $960 $13,639 per year
7 $20,170 $4,841 $1,009 $14,321 per year
8 $21,179 $5,083 $1,059 $15,037 per year
9 $22,238 $5,337 $1,112 $15,789 per year
10 $23,350 $5,604 $1,167 $16,578 per year
11 $24,517 $5,884 $1,226 $17,407 per year
12 $25,743 $6,178 $1,287 $18,278 per year
13 $27,030 $6,487 $1,352 $19,191 per year
14 $28,382 $6,812 $1,419 $20,151 per year
15 $29,801 $7,152 $1,490 $21,159 per year
16 $31,291 $7,510 $1,565 $22,217 per year
17 $32,855 $7,885 $1,643 $23,327 per year
18 $34,498 $8,280 $1,725 $24,494 per year
19 $36,223 $8,694 $1,811 $25,718 per year
20 $38,034 $9,128 $1,902 $27,004 per year
21 $39,936 $9,585 $1,997 $28,355 per year
22 $41,933 $10,064 $2,097 $29,772 per year
23 $44,029 $10,567 $2,201 $31,261 per year
24 $46,231 $11,095 $2,312 $32,824 per year
25 $48,542 $11,650 $2,427 $34,465 per year
26 $50,970 $12,233 $2,548 $36,188 per year
27 $53,518 $12,844 $2,676 $37,998 per year
28 $56,194 $13,487 $2,810 $39,898 per year
29 $59,004 $14,161 $2,950 $41,893 per year
30 $61,954 $14,869 $3,098 $43,987 per year

Our Mega Millions Payout and Tax Calculator Explained

As you might already know, when a player wins the Mega Millions jackpot, they'll have to choose between a single lump sum or 30 annual payments to claim their prize.

Choosing the lump sum, also known as the cash option, reduces the jackpot size to approximately 61% of the original amount, but awards it all at once to the player. On the other hand, the annuity or annual payment option awards the winner with the full amount or 100% of the jackpot – starting with one initial payment, followed by annual payments over the next 29 years.

Since the cash option and annuity option award different payouts, it only follows that your tax liability (federal tax + state tax) will also be different for both.

What our Mega Millions tax calculator provides is a quick overview of the gross and net (after taxes) winnings you'd receive for both options – allowing you to make a more informed decision when comparing the two.

Finally as an added feature, our tool also breaks down the annuity option into a handy payout schedule so you know how much annual payment you will receive per year.

Note: Payouts are approximations. For example, large charitable donations can be written off, meaning reduced tax liabilities.

Glossary of Terms

Estimated Jackpot: The total payment a winner would receive should they choose the annuity option for any given drawing. This number is based on the funds in the prize pool (including all prior rollovers), expected ticket sales for the next drawing, and current market interest rates.

Annuity Payout or Annual Payment Option: Payment scheme wherein prizes are awarded starting with 1 immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. These payments are graduated – meaning they increase by 5% each year to account for inflation. The total value of all payments is equivalent to 100% of the advertised jackpot.

Lump-Sum or Cash Option: Payment scheme wherein a one-time payment is immediately awarded to the winner. The total value is approximately 61% of the advertised jackpot. This is also known as the cash option and is the more popular choice among jackpot winners.

Federal Taxes: Income tax withheld by the US government, including income from lottery prize money. This can range from 24% to 37% of your winnings.

State Taxes: Additional tax withheld, dependent on the state. This varies across states and can range from 0% to more than 8%.

Tax Liability: The taxes you will have to pay in order to receive your prize. This is computed as federal taxes + state taxes. Please note that in some cases, you might have to pay additional taxes.

Gross Payout: The total prize awarded to a winner before federal and state taxes are applied.

Net Payout: The remaining prize awarded to a winner after federal and state taxes are applied.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the federal tax rate on Mega Millions?
The federal government can withhold anywhere from 24 to 37 percent, depending on the total amount you win.

2. How do you calculate taxes on Mega Millions?
You can compute for your net lottery winnings by subtracting federal (25-37%), state taxes (0-8.82%), plus applicable local taxes from the advertised prize amount.

3. Do you pay taxes on $1,000 lottery winnings?
Yes and no. You will likely receive the entire $1,000, but you’ll still have to report that amount as taxable income when you file your taxes.

4. How much tax do you pay on a $10,000 lottery ticket?
The IRS automatically withholds 24% of that amount. You must also pay any remaining federal taxes, state taxes (rate varies per state), plus applicable local taxes.

5. Are lottery winnings taxed twice?
Lottery winnings are taxed at both the federal and state levels. Typically, large prizes are taxed even before winners receive the money. Winners will also have to pay income tax on the total winnings they receive.

6. What are the taxes on 1 million dollars?
The IRS will withhold 24-37% of that right off the bat. You will also have to pay state taxes plus any applicable local taxes. A $1 million prize will also put you in the highest tax bracket with a tax rate of 37%.

7. How much would I take home if I won a million dollars?
At least $240,000 will automatically be withheld by the federal government and the rest, up to $130,000, you will owe at tax time the next year. You will also pay state taxes that can sometimes amount to over $50,000.

8. How is the lottery lump sum calculated?
The lump sum for a lottery is equal to the total funds allocated to funding the jackpot. This is calculated as a percentage of the total revenue generated from ticket sales.

9. Do lottery winnings count as income?
Yes. All lottery winnings count toward your taxable income at the end of every year. Your tax bracket may also go up when winning a large amount.

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