Feeling lucky? The Mega Millions jackpot for September 4 is up to $85 million. If you have the winning numbers, your Labor Day cookout is going to go from hot dogs and beans to filet and lobster.
Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m. ET. Download the free LotteryHUB app and watch the drawing live on your iPhone or Android device.
The winning Mega Millions numbers for September 4 are: 17-21-39-52-57 MB 5 MP x5
According to Mass Live, there hasn’t been a jackpot winner since one lucky ticket holder won $25 million on July 31. However, even without a grand prize winner there are millions of people who win non-jackpot prizes each week.
In the last drawing on September 1, no one matched all six numbers (2, 5, 35, 40, 54 MB 13 MP x5) but there were more than 1.2 million ticket holders who won anywhere from $1 to $5,000. No one hit the $1 million prize for matching five white balls, but 22 ticket holders won $5,000 each for matching four white balls and the Megaball.
If you’re lucky enough to win tonight’s $85 million Mega Millions jackpot, you will receive a one-time payment based on the cash value of the jackpot — $52.4 million. Before a check is issued, both federal (approximately 25 percent) and state taxes will be deducted from the prize.
Jackpot winners also have an option of choosing a 30-year annuity. According to the official Mega Millions website, the annuity is paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. If you win the September 4 jackpot, expect to get annual payments of approximately $2.8 million (before taxes).
While $85 million would be a huge windfall for any lottery player, imagine winning $656 million. According to Philly.com, that was the largest jackpot given away in the history of the game – and bigger than any jackpot given away in another popular lottery game, Powerball.
Here are the top 5 biggest Mega Millions jackpots in the history of the game, with the $656 million grand prize holding in first place for more than three years.
$656 million March 30, 2012 – (3 winners) Kansas, Illinois, Maryland
$648 million December 17, 2013 – (2 winners) California, Georgia
$414 million March 18, 2014 – (2 winners)Florida, Maryland
$390 million March 6, 2007 – (2 winners) Georgia, New Jersey
$380 million January 4, 2011 – (2 winners) Idaho, Washington
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.
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