Do you have the winning Mega Millions numbers for the June 12 drawing? There’s a $26 million jackpot up for grabs — tonight could be your lucky night if you match all six numbers and the Mega Ball.
Watch the drawing live using the free LotteryHub app for iPhone or Android smartphones. The results will also be posted here shortly after the drawing.
UPDATE: The winning Mega Millions numbers for June 12 are: 1, 40, 42, 56, 52 MB 2
While you wait for the numbers to be drawn at 11 p.m. ET, sign the back of your ticket. According to Forbes, if you don’t sign the ticket and end up losing it, whoever signs it and presents a photo ID can claim the prize.
No one had the winning numbers for Tuesday night’s drawing (7, 22, 27, 41, 48, MB 10) so the jackpot increased to $26 million. However, there were plenty of non-jackpot prize winners, including one $1 million winner (five numbers, no Mega Ball), and 33 ticket holders who won $5,000 each for matching 4 numbers and the Mega Ball.
The cash value of tonight’s $26 million jackpot is $15.4 million. If a single ticket holder matches all six numbers, they can choose between a one-time lump sum payment or a 30-year annuity.
How much will the winner take home? According to USA Mega, the winner would receive a check for $11.5 million after federal taxes, but before states taxes are taken out. Winning ticket holders who owe child support, the IRS, or other government agencies, will have the amount owed deducted from the check.
If the winner chooses an annuity, the annual payout would be approximately $650,000 per year after federal taxes. If state taxes apply for lottery winnings, that amount would be deducted from the payment. A check is issued shortly after the ticket is claimed, with annual checks issued for the next 29 years. According to the Mega Millions website, there is a five percent increase added every years to “help protect winners’ lifestyle and purchasing power.”
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets are $1 each, with an additional $1 charge for the Megaplier — this feature will multiply non-jackpot prize amounts by the Megaplier number drawn. For example, if the number is 5, then the $1 million prize for matching 5 white balls would be $5 million instead of $1 million.
What will you do with your millions if you win the $26 million Mega Millions jackpot on Friday night? Watch the drawing at 11 p.m. ET to find out if you are the lottery’s newest multi-millionaire.
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