It's been weeks since anyone has matched the Powerball and Mega Millions winning numbers. With the jackpots at $188 million and $260 respectively, that's a total of $448 million up for grabs.
There hasn't been a Powerball winner in the last 12 drawings and no winner since a ticket sold in Puerto Rico matched all six numbers in the April 18 drawing. It's been even longer since someone has matched the Mega Ball numbers — there have been 19 drawings since 16 co-workers at a New York City biopharmaceutical company split a $59 million jackpot on March 24.
The Powerball numbers for the last drawing on May 30 were 8-9-25-56-57 PB 22, with the Multi State Lottery Association reporting that there were no jackpot winners. The next drawing for the $188 million jackpot will take place at 10:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 3. Tickets are $2 each and sold at lottery retailers in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Watch the drawings live online on WRAL, or on one of these local TV channels.
The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at a whopping $260 million, with the last drawing on May 29 producing no jackpot winners — the winning numbers were 20, 27, 38, 49, 66, MB 2. Tickets are $1 each and sold in 43 states, in addition to District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The next drawing is on Tuesday, June 2 at 11 p.m. ET. Download the free LotteryHUB app to watch the drawing live on your iPhone or Android smartphone.
Odds are slim that you will win one, never mind both lottery jackpots. However, if you do win millions in one of these popular lottery games, keep in mind that federal taxes will be taken right out of your winnings. According to USA Mega, Uncle Sam withholds an immediate 25 percent, and then the state will take their share. If you owe the IRS, child support, or any government agencies money, that will get taken out of your check as well.
There's some good news for ticket holders who live in California, Delaware, Florida, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, or Wyoming — there is no state tax on lottery winnings. In addition, residents of Puerto Rico do not pay federal tax, but do pay a local tax that ranges from five to 20 percent of the jackpot.
If you're feeling lucky and have a few bucks to spare, purchase a $1 ticket for the next Mega Millions lottery drawing (June 2), or buy a $2 ticket and try your luck in the June 3 Powerball drawing.
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