Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot was estimated at $ 137 million, with a cash value of $ 92.6 million – but did anyone win the top prize?
The winning numbers were 4, 25, 37, 46 and 67 with the Mega Ball 15 and the Megaplier 3x, according to the Mega Millions site.
No one bought a ticket that successfully matched all of the white numbers and the Gold Mega Ball, which means the jackpot will be even higher for the next draw on Tuesday.
However, there were two tickets corresponding to five numbers for the second biggest prize of $ 1 million. There were also 10 winners of the $ 10,000 prize after correctly choosing four of the white balls and the mega gold ball. Two of them tripled their winnings to $ 30,000 by purchasing the additional 3x Megaplier.
Some 353 players won $ 500 by matching four numbers and, of these, 75 won $ 1,500 using the Megaplier. Additionally, 850 people won $ 200 by matching three numbers and the Mega Ball, and 152 of them increased their prize to $ 600 using the Megaplier.
With no top prize winner, the jackpot has now grown to $ 152 million for Tuesday’s draw, with a cash option of $ 102.2 million.
In February, a ticket holder hit the jackpot and took home the prize of $ 96 million ($ 68.5 million in cash). It was the first time a jackpot had been won in New York since Jan. 1, 2019, when 23 colleagues shared a prize of $ 437 million, according to the Mega Millions website.
January saw the second biggest jackpot in Mega Millions history when $ 1.05 billion ($ 776.6 million in cash) went to a lucky ticket holder in Michigan. This followed a record-breaking run of 37 draws and was just short of another $ 1 billion jackpot – the $ 1.537 billion won in South Carolina on October 23, 2018. This is the most grand lottery prize in the world never awarded on a single ticket.
How does Mega Millions work?
One of the most popular multi-state lotteries in the country, Mega Millions was first launched on August 31, 1996 as “The Big Game”.
Tickets are sold in 45 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The five states that do not sell lottery tickets are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. The drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday at WSB-TV in Atlanta.
Five white balls are drawn from a set numbered 1 through 70, with one mega gold ball drawn from a set numbered 1 through 25. With nine different ways to win a prize, your odds of winning at least $ 2 are 1 in 24, according to the Mega Millions website.
If you are a lucky winner, you will have between 90 days and a year to redeem your ticket, depending on local rules and regulations.
All jackpot winners are entitled to a cash option or an annuity option of an initial payment followed by 29 annual payments which are each five percent higher than the preceding ones.