The Mega Millions winning numbers and winners for Jan. 29 are in, and the live video of the drawing as it occurred in Atlanta, Georgia, is below. There were no Mega Millions jackpot winners, meaning the grand prize has rolled from an estimated $56 million to $63 million. The new jackpot has an estimated cash value of $40,100,000. The next Mega Millions drawing will take place on February 2.
While there were no jackpot winners, there were many non-jackpot prizes awarded. You may watch the live video of the Mega Millions drawing for Jan. 29 in the video player below. The Mega Millions winning numbers are 20, 28, 49, 51, 52 and the Mega Ball is 6. The Megaplier is 2x.
There was one Match 5 Mega Millions winner who won $1 million, and four Match 4 plus the Mega Ball winners who used the Megaplier for a total prize value of $10,000 each. Forty-six people matched the winning numbers on the four white balls plus the winning Mega Ball number, but they didn’t use the Megaplier and won $5,000 each. The million dollar Match 5 winner lives in Kansas.
— John Harris (@winthenextlotto) January 30, 2016
There are two, large jackpot games that are played in multiple states: Powerball and Mega Millions. While Powerball is the nation’s most popular jackpot game, Mega Millions comes close behind. Both jackpot games have the tendency to roll over and grow quite large. When choosing winning numbers for both Powerball and Mega Millions, you have the option of choosing your own numbers or taking the Quick Pick where the computer randomly selects your numbers. It is interesting to note that in the Jan. 13, record-breaking Powerball jackpot of $1.58 billion, many winners won with Quick Pick tickets, including the Tennessee couple who won the grand prize. The Robinsons appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and discussed their phenomenal win.
Mega Millions jackpots begin at $15 million and the game only costs $1 to play. You will either choose five white balls between the numbers one and 75 and a gold Mega Ball between the numbers one and 15, or choose a Quick Pick ticket. You can then choose the Megaplier option that will multiply the amount of all non-jackpot prizes should you select the Megaplier drawn with the winning numbers during the time of the drawing. When you purchase your Mega Millions ticket, make sure to sign the back of it immediately. If you do have a winning ticket, be careful whom you tell, regardless of how excited you might be to share the good news. Some states allow Mega Millions winners to remain anonymous, while other states require jackpot winners to go public. To determine the Mega Millions lottery rules for your state, check with your local state lottery office. You can find a full list of all states that play Mega Millions and their rules for jackpot winners at the official Mega Millions site.
— LottoInGroup (@LottoInGroup) January 30, 2016
Jackpot lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions are experiencing phenomenal sales and interest. Many people who have never played the lottery are gaining an interest in playing each week. There has also been great interest in watching live drawing results to ensure the validity of winning numbers as they come in. Mega Millions drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. ET. You can watch all drawings live here and get the winning numbers results as soon as they come in.
Those who win the Mega Millions jackpot have their choice of receiving an annuity option or a cash option. With the annuity option, Mega Millions winners will receive an immediate payment, followed by yearly payments. Each payment increases by 5 percent to account for an increase in living costs. Most people choose an upfront cash payout as opposed to the annuity option. However; the annuity option may offer more financial stability and lower the risk of suddenly experiencing a cash windfall at once. Jackpot winners have a lot to consider and should speak with a financial advisor and attorney immediately. There have been many stories of trouble that has befallen lottery winners, some are rumors and some are verified to be true. There is a current story about a Powerball jackpot winner who overdosed on heroin while surrounded by hookers. Powerball and Mega Millions winners also need to take care that they do not become the victim of violent crimes. Those who win large jackpots and Mega Millions non-jackpot prizes must take the necessary steps to protect their wealth and safety.
Do you play Mega Millions and Powerball? Have you won? Feel free to share your winning stories below in the comments.
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