Do you have the winning Mega Millions numbers for July 3? Winning the $84 million jackpot would undoubtedly make your 4th of July celebration better than ever.
UPDATE: The winning Mega Millions numbers for July 3 are: 33, 50, 64, 71, 72 MB 9, Megaplier 4.
No one matched all six numbers in the last drawing on June 30 (11, 17, 34, 43, 50 MB 15), so the jackpot increased from $74 million to $84 million for tonight’s drawing.
If someone hits the jackpot tonight, they will have a choice of a one-time lump sum payment, or a 30-year annuity. According to MegaMillions.com, the annuity is paid out over 30 years, with the first payment issued to the winner shortly after the ticket is validated by lottery officials. The remaining 29 payments are paid out once per year — the payment amount will increase by five percent every year to account for cost of living increases.
The cash value of the July 3 jackpot is $50,200,000. According to USA Mega, the one-time payment would be approximately $37,650,000 after federal taxes, and before state takes are taken out. If the winner chooses the annuity, the first payment would be for approximately $2.8 million before any federal or state taxes are deducted.
Mega Millions tickets are sold at lottery retailers in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $1 each, with an additional $1 charged for the Megaplier option. Odds of winning the jackpot are 1-in-almost-259 million, but that’s not a bad return on investment if you are lucky enough to win.
In addition to the $84 million jackpot that is up for grabs tonight, there are a number of non-jackpot prizes available that range from $1 for matching just the Mega Ball, to $1 million for matching five numbers, but not the Mega Ball.
Although there wasn’t a jackpot winner in the last drawing on June 29, there were over one million ticket holders who cashed in on non-jackpot prizes. One ticket holder in Texas won $1 million for having five numbers (no Mega Ball), and another lucky winner doubled that to $2 million by paying the extra $1 fee for the Megaplier option.
Mega Millions tickets are sold at lottery retailers in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Most retailers cut off sales approximately 45 minutes prior to the 11 p.m. ET drawing.
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