At $1.6 billion, Tuesday night's estimated grand prize topped that one and set the world record for largest ever.
You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.
Bloniarz is one of the many first-time players of Mega Millions who was purchasing a ticket Monday.
If one person wins the entire jackpot, after taxes are withheld, the victor could still afford to send more than 1,500 students to Harvard University. The one-time cash option is estimated at $905 million - still nothing to sneeze at.
Mary Neubauer, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Lottery, said the key is to put a few rules into writing. Winning numbers included 15,23,53,65, and 70, as well as the Mega Ball 7. "Hopefully, we get to win the jackpot tonight", said Carmen Castellino of Exeter.More news: Italy brushes off downgrade as it plans European Union budget response
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Three lucky ticket holders from California, Florida, and Tennessee matched the five white balls and Powerball to win that huge jackpot on January 13, 2016. "It's hard to overstate how exciting this is - but now it's really getting fun", (via Mega Millions).
Laura Ingle reports from one of New York City's most expensive properties on the lavish ways to spend the lottery jackpot money. The odds of winning are 1 in 302.6 million.
Don't count on making a deposit for anywhere close to $1.6bn if you win the Tuesday night drawing. The largest single prize went to a 2017 player from MA who celebrated a $758.7 million Powerball payday.
"Take a chance and get the big one", Kessler said.
Both lottery jackpots have been increased recently by rule changes that have reduced the chances of winning. For example: in Pennsylvania, Mega Million ticket sales end at 61 minutes before the drawing - 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights.
The store owner said they normally sell 400-500 lottery tickets on drawing days.