The Mega Millions jackpot is $20 million for the September 18 drawing. While it’s not even close to the Saturday’s expected $208 million Powerball jackpot that has lottery players lining up to buy tickets for, having an extra $20 million in the bank wouldn’t be a bad thing.
Watch Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing at 11 p.m. ET using the free LotteryHub app. Not only can you watch the $20 million jackpot drawing, you can enter the numbers from your ticket into the app and it will alert you if you are a big winner. The app works on both iPhone and Android smartphones and also broadcasts the live Powerball drawings every Wednesday and Saturday night. UPDATE: The winning Mega Millions numbers for September 18 are: 17-34-35-51-65 PB 7
How much will you get if you win the $20 Mega Millions jackpot? If you are the only ticket holder to match all five white balls and the gold Megaball, you will take home the cash value of the jackpot — $12 million. Of course, that’s before Uncle Sam takes his cut. According to USA Mega, the prize will be subject to approximately 25 percent federal tax and, if you live in a state that taxes lottery prizes, state tax will be deducted as well.
If you prefer to cash in on the entire $20 million jackpot, you will have to choose the 30-year annuity option. The annuity is based on the full jackpot amount and will be split into 30 annual payments of approximately $666,667 each. Not a bad paycheck to get once a year, although the number “666” may freak some people out. According to USCatholic.org, some Christians connect “666” to Satan and “see it as a symbol of evil.”
If you do win the jackpot, there’s always a chance that you will have to split with another winner who also picked the same numbers. However, this often happens with bigger jackpots because more people tend to play when the jackpot is a whopper.
According to ABC News, the top five Mega Millions jackpots in the history of the game have been shared between at least two ticket holders.
A record-setting $656 million jackpot was shared between three winners in March, 2012, followed by the second highest jackpot ($648 million) shared between two winners right before Christmas, 2012. The remaining three jackpots in the Mega Millions top five include $414 million (two winners, March 18, 2014), $390 million (two winners, March 6, 2007), and $380 million (two winners, January 4, 2011).
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Most retailers stop selling ticket approximately 45 minutes prior to the 11 p.m. ET drawing every Wednesday and Friday.
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