The Mega Millions drawing takes place tonight and the jackpot is on the rise. The Mega Millions jackpot resets to $15 million and like the Powerball jackpot, has continued to roll. Currently, the Mega Millions jackpot is $39 million with an estimated cash value of $24 million. The last drawing was on Jan. 19, 2016, and the winning numbers were 2, 17, 31, 39, 47 and the mega ball is 9. You can watch the video from the drawing as it occurred live below. When tonight’s Mega Millions drawing takes place, the video below will be updated to the most recent winning numbers. Tonight’s Mega Millions drawing takes place at 11 p.m. ET.
Video: Watch Mega Millions Drawing for Jan. 22, 2016. The Mega Millions winning numbers for Jan. 20, 2016 are 21, 25, 40, 46, 56 and the Mega Ball is 3.
Video: Watch Mega Millions Drawing for Jan. 19, 2016.
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Mega Millions drawings take place in Atlanta, Georgia every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m., ET. Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game and players must be 18-years-old in order to purchase a ticket. Some states do allow the purchase of Mega Millions tickets online. Most of these states require a subscription through your official lottery site. Residents in Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, and New Hampshire should check with their local state lotteries to see if they can play Mega Millions online. Tickets are sold at various retail locations and most sales stop at 10 p.m. Check with your local retailer to determine what time you must purchase tickets by.
Mega Millions tickets cost $1.00, whereas Powerball tickets cost $2.00. Mega Millions and Powerball games are similar since both have very large jackpots that can grow to extreme amounts. With Mega Millions, you choose five balls with numbers ranging from 1-75 (white balls), then choose the Mega Ball (yellow ball) with a number between 1 and 15. You can also opt to let the computer pick your numbers with Easy Pick. You win the Mega Millions jackpot by matching all five white numbers and the yellow Mega ball. Odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are slightly better than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot. Powerball jackpot odds are 1 in 292,201,338 and odds for winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850.
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Though Mega Millions is a multi state game, you need to follow the rules that govern your state lottery. This includes cashing in winning tickets in the same state where they were purchased. You can find a list of state lotteries that participate in Mega Millions here.
The Megaplier is used to double the earnings won when playing Mega Millions. Not all states offer the Megaplier, so check with your local state’s lottery department. For states that do allow the Megaplier, you can choose from 2x, 3xs, 4xs and 5xs. The Megapliers cost $1 per play. Like Powerball, there are nine ways to win Mega Millions. In addition to the jackpot, there are eight non-jackpot prizes. Those who match five white balls without the Mega Ball, win $1,000,000. This can really add up for those who use a Megaplier, as a 5xs Megaplier would turn that $1 million into $5 million. Those who match four white balls with the Mega Ball win $5,000. Again, this doubles with the Megaplier.
Stay tuned for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing that will stream live from Atlanta, Georgia. There is high demand for Mega Millions winning numbers and we’ll have the results for you at 11 p.m. There are many Mega Million winners’ stories available on the official site that provides inspiration to those who play the lottery and show that you never know when someone will strike it rich additionally, there are many stories of winners who met with hardship following their sudden lucky break. Those who win a substantial amount of money in lotteries such as Mega Millions and Powerball should speak with a financial advisor, tax attorney and accountant immediately. Check to see if your state has public disclosure rules or if winners may keep their anonymity. Many experts feel that it is best to keep your identity secret as to avoid unwanted, public attention.
Are you playing Mega Millions tonight? Don’t forget to tune in at 11 p.m. ET for the drawing and winning numbers results.
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