The Mega Millions live drawing took place January 26, 2016, at 11:00 p.m. and the winning numbers were drawn. The Mega Millions jackpot was an estimated $48 million, with a $30 million estimated cash value. There were no grand prize winners, and the Mega Millions jackpot has rolled to an estimated $56 million, with a $35 million cash value. The Mega Millions winning numbers for January 26 are 14, 27, 39, 50, and 69, and the Mega Ball is 2. The Megaplier drawn is 2x, giving non-jackpot prizes twice their value for those who added the Megaplier to their winning tickets. You may watch the video of the live jackpot drawing in the video player below.
As there were no winning tickets to match all five winning Mega Millions numbers and the gold Mega Ball number, the jackpot continues to grow. There is always great excitement in jackpot games like Mega Millions and Powerball once the jackpots roll over from week to week and continue to grow in value. The next Mega Millions drawing will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016, at 11:00 p.m. ET. While there were no jackpot winners, there were two match 5 Mega Millions winners. One was in Connecticut, and the other was from Virginia. The Connecticut winner had purchased the Megaplier and won $2 million, and the Virginia ticket was for $1 million. It’s important to remember that when playing the lottery, it’s easy to get caught up in big jackpot prizes, but winning $2 million, $1 million, or even $10,000 is a nice chunk of change. Jackpot games offer a variety of ways to win, and many people become millionaires without necessarily winning the grand prize.
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— WHSVnews (@WHSVnews) January 27, 2016
Connecticut has a number of lottery winners for January 26. You can find winner’s stories at the official Connecticut lottery site, as well as find tips on playing Mega Millions, and answers to frequently asked questions such as what happens to the money made selling lottery tickets. If you aren’t sure how to play Mega Millions, you can find in-depth information at the Virginia lottery site that just had a $1 million winner, or you can check with your local state lottery site. Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game that is played in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Checking with your local state lottery page is the best way to find pertinent information relating to you as a player. You can also find information such as rules of play, what to do if you win, how late local retailers sell Mega Millions tickets, and how long you have to claim your winning prize at your local state lottery site.
With all the excitement over big jackpot games, it’s easy to forget that there have been cases of jackpot fixing and lottery scams. Mega Millions and Powerball are orchestrated by the Multi State Lottery Association, but with all the excitement over becoming a millionaire or even billionaire, people aren’t too focused on the scandals of the past. People are winning big money, and it seems that is all that matters to many who play the game.
— NMFC (@NMsoccerdad) January 19, 2016
It isn’t just scandals on the highest level that those who play Mega Millions and Powerball need to concern themselves with. Lottery winners, like last night’s Mega Millions winners, need to take their own safety into account. Lottery winners continually find themselves besieged with bad luck, and there’s nothing like a windfall of money to quickly test the character of a good friend or even family member. There has been so many negative stories to surround lottery winners that some believe there is a lottery curse at play. Mega Millions players should sign the back of their tickets immediately to avoid someone trying to steal their winning tickets. When playing the lottery, take every precaution to safeguard your ticket, your winnings and your life.
Did you play last night’s Mega Millions? If so, were you one of the lucky winners?
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