It’s January 26, 2016, and that means the Mega Millions drawing is tonight. You can watch live video as the winning numbers are drawn in the video player below. The Mega Millions jackpot resets to $15 million and has increased to tonight’s $48 million jackpot after failing to have a grand prize winner. Will you be the lucky winner to match all five winning numbers as well as the Mega Ball? Tonight’s Mega Millions drawing jackpot has a cash value of $30 million. The video will be updated once the live drawing begins.
Tonight’s winning Mega Millions numbers are: 14, 27, 39, 50, 69 and the Mega Ball is 2. The Megaplier is 2x. Good luck!
The last Mega Millions drawing was held on Jan. 22, 2016, and the winning numbers were 21, 25, 40, 46, 50 and the Mega Ball was 3. The Megaplier drawn was 5x.
— California Lottery (@calottery) January 26, 2016
Mega Millions is one of the nation’s largest multi-state lottery games. When playing Mega Millions, it’s good to know the best number combinations to play. There are certain winning numbers that appear in drawings more frequently than others. You can find more information about Mega Millions winning numbers and how frequently they have been drawn to help you play your game more efficiently.
Mega Millions tickets cost $1, and players choose five white balls between the numbers of 1 and 75, and one gold ball called the Mega Ball between the numbers 1 and 15. Players also have the option of choosing an “Easy Pick” that lets the computer pick the number combination for them. Experts in playing the lottery, such as 7-time winner Richard Lustig, who is the author of Winning Lottery Method, often dissuade people from letting the computer pick their lottery numbers. This method, however, proved successful for one Florida teen who played the $1.58 Powerball for the first time, used a play slip that had been filled out, and won $2 million.
— Richard Lustig (@Richard_WLM) January 15, 2016
19-year-old Florida man, first time player wins, $2M Powerball https://t.co/LSEpMUwQtn
— FOX59 News (@FOX59) January 17, 2016
In order to win the Mega Millions jackpot, you must match all five white balls and the gold Mega Ball. If there is no jackpot winner, the jackpot rolls by $5 million. Both Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have grown to very large amounts in the past, and there is always excitement and anticipation when a jackpot continues to roll over. The last Mega Millions drawing didn’t have a jackpot winner or a match five winner who would have won $5 million based on the multiplier 5x that was drawn or $1 million without the megaplier. Will there be a winner tonight?
Mega Millions is known for having MEGA jackpots, and drawing times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m. The official site has a winners’ gallery where people share their stories of how they won the lottery. Mega Millions has undergone a number of changes over the years. In fact, it started as The Big Game in 1996 and has been creating millionaires ever since. Similar to Powerball, Mega Millions has nine ways to win, and the odds of winning a prize are better than they are for Powerball. Mega Millions payouts are made in the state in which you play. Mega Millions jackpot winners have the choice of an annuity option or a cash option.
The Mega Millions annuity option consists of 29 payments made each year, with each year’s payment increasing by 5%. The reason the payments increase is due to expected cost of living increases. Most people take a cash option for their jackpot payments, but due to the amount of people who win large jackpots then see financial ruin, it is possible that the annuity option might be the safest, most sound financial decision. Should a jackpot winner die before using their entire annuity payments, the payments would go to the winner’s next of kin, estate, or trust.
The Mega Millions cash option consists of a lump sum payment made at once. Taxes need to be paid immediately, and that can whittle down the overall sum. Many people prefer the lump sum option, but it is also risky as people who aren’t used to handling large sums of money tend to go through the prize quickly.
Are you going to play Mega Millions tonight? How would you prefer a jackpot prize? Would you take an annuity or cash option?
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