What happens when you win the lottery?
Americans spend more than $70 billion on lottery tickets each year. But if you ever won, do you know what your options are?
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It has been rolling for more than 11 weeks, but on Tuesday night the Mega Millions jackpot was finally won! A single ticket sold in California matched all six numbers drawn on July 24 -- the white balls 1, 2, 4, 19 and 29, plus the gold Mega Ball 20 -- to lay claim to the estimated $522 million prize ($308.1 million cash). The ticket was purchased at Ernie's Liquors in San Jose, Calif.
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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 17:  A machine prints a Mega Millions lottery ticket for a customer at a convenience store on December 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The jackpot is currently the second largest in U.S. history.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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