Do you have the winning Mega Millions numbers for the May 5 drawing? Tuesday’s jackpot is a whopping $110 million, so start thinking about where you want to take your first vacation as a mega-millionaire, just in case you match all six numbers tonight.
The winning Mega Millions numbers for May 5 are: 11, 21, 42, 62, 71 Mega Ball 7
Don’t expect to find out if there is a grand prize winner for several hours after the drawing. When lottery officials determine that a ticket matching all six numbers was purchased, they first need to verify where the winning ticket was sold before posting the information to the Mega Millions website.
— Mega Millions (@MegaMillionslot) May 5, 2015
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, there hasn’t been a Mega Millions jackpot winner since March 24, when one winning ticket worth $58 million was sold in New York City. The ticket was purchased by 16 coworkers at a Manhattan biopharmaceutical company — each of the lucky winners took home approximately $1.65 million before taxes.
Mega Millions jackpot winners can choose a lump sum or annuity payment when they present their winning ticket at their local lottery headquarters. If there is a winner tonight, the lump sum payout for the $110 million jackpot would be approximately $69 million before taxes.
Winners who prefer to get their payout over time can choose a 30-year annuity. According to the official Mega Millions website, the first payment is made immediately, followed by 29 annual payments that are “five percent bigger than the previous one.”
The reason for the yearly increase? Think of it as a cost of living raise, with lottery officials deciding that the five percent increase would help “protect winners’ lifestyle and purchasing power.”
— California Lottery (@calottery) May 5, 2015
Even if you don’t win the Mega Millions jackpot tonight, there are other prizes that range from $1 (match just the Mega Ball) to $1 million (match all five numbers, no Mega Ball). While you wait for tonight’s numbers to be drawn, here are the winning numbers from the last five drawings. Re-check your old tickets just in case you have a non-jackpot prize winner.
- May 1: 1, 7, 18, 61, 66, 74 MB 3
- April 28: 22, 27, 55, 58, 63 MB 11
- April 24: 24, 25, 29, 47, 67, MB 4
- April 21: 31, 33, 35, 41, 69 MB 11
- April 17: 15 18 29 41 50 MB 5
Mega Millions tickets are sold at lottery retailers in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The numbers are selected every Tuesday and Friday 11 p.m. ET at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia.
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