The Mega Millions jackpot for August 21 is up to $47 million, with there being no winner in the last five drawings. If you have the winning numbers for Friday night’s drawing, the $1 you invested could make you an instant multi-millionaire.
Anxious ticket holders who want to find out if they matched all five white balls and the MegaBall in tonight’s drawing can download the free LotteryHUB app and watch the drawing live on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Mega Millions drawings take place at 11 p.m. ET every Tuesday and Friday night.
The winning Mega Millions numbers for August 21 are: 13-15-21-41-72 MB 1 MP X5
The last drawing on August 18 didn’t produce a jackpot winner (2-7-33-39-53 MB 9 Megaplier 3), but the Multi-State Lottery Association reports that there was one winner who scored $1 million by matching five white balls (no MegaBall) and over one million ticket holders who won other non-jackpot prizes ranging from $1 to $5,000.
According to FOX 2 Now, the last time a jackpot was given away was July 31 when a lottery player in Missouri won $25 million — the winner has yet to come forward. The Missouri Lottery states that the ticket holder has 180 days from the last winning drawing date on their ticket to claim their prize.
How much will you take home if you are lucky enough to win the August 21 Mega Millions jackpot? If you are the sole winner and don’t have to split the jackpot with anyone, you will receive one-time lump sum equal to the cash value of the jackpot which currently stands at $29 million.
Winners who don’t want to get all of the money at once can opt for a 30-year annuity, with payments of approximately $1,566,667 issued annually, with a five percent cost of living increase added to the yearly payments after the initial payout is made.
Of course, Uncle Sam will get his cut before you get the either the lump sum payment or the yearly payments, with both federal and state taxes deducted from the jackpot amount. According to CNBC nine states do not tax lottery winnings, so if you live in California, Delaware, Florida, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, or Wyoming only federal tax (approximately 25 percent) will be deducted from your windfall.
Mega Millions tickets are currently sold in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets can be purchased up to 45 minutes before the 11 p.m. ET drawing, although some retailers cut off sales even earlier.
What will you do with the money if you win tonight’s $47 million Mega Millions jackpot?
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