Nonetheless, with the highest federal tax price of 37 % utilized to earnings above about $510,000 for single tax filers ($612,000 for married submitting collectively) you possibly can rely on owing extra — much more.
For illustration functions: If the winner had no different reductions in earnings — for instance, important charitable contributions from the winnings that diminished taxable earnings — this is able to imply one other 13 %, or $25.5 million, going to the IRS ($72.5 million in all).
At that time, you would be left with $123.6 million. And that is earlier than state taxes (except lottery wins are usually not taxed regionally), which may vary as much as greater than eight %, relying on the place the ticket was bought and the place you reside.
In different phrases, the winner might find yourself paying north of 45 % in taxes.
For Mega Hundreds of thousands, the 24 % federal withholding would cut back the $161.7 million money choice by $38.eight million to $122.9 million. Once more assuming no discount in taxable earnings, one other $21 million or so could be because of the IRS, for a complete of $59.eight million.
In the meantime, Uncle Sam may very well be preserving an eye fixed the still-unclaimed $1.5 billion Mega Hundreds of thousands jackpot together with different lottery watchers. The automated 24 % federal withholding on that jackpot’s $877.eight million money choice would imply a whopping $210.7 million going to the IRS proper off the bat.
The winner (or group of winners) has till April 19 to say the prize. If nobody comes ahead by then, all the prize cash could be redistributed to the states and locales that take part in Mega Hundreds of thousands.