Last night, February 2, 2016, the Mega Millions drawing took place and the winning numbers are in. There were no grand prize winners for the then jackpot that was an estimated $63 million, with an estimated cash value of $40 million. The Mega Millions jackpot has rolled until the next drawing Friday, February 5, 2016, that will have an estimated cash value of $71 million, with an estimated cash value of $45 million. Though there were no Mega Millions jackpot winners, there were other winners for non-jackpot prizes. You can watch the video of the drawing as it took place live from Atlanta, Georgia, in the video below. The February 2, Mega Millions winning numbers are: 7, 13, 25, 51, and 70 with the Mega Ball 9. The Megaplier was 4 x.
Unfortunately, no one matched all five white balls and the gold Mega Ball for the grand prize. Additionally, no one matched all four balls plus the Mega Ball for the second-tier prize of $1 million. If someone had matched the 4+1 with the Megaplier, they would have won $4 million.
There were 18 people who matched four white balls with the Mega Ball, qualifying them for the third-tier prize of $5,000. Three people had added the Megaplier to their third-tier prize and multiplied their winnings to $20,000 each.
One #MegaMillions ticket purchased in Atlanta won $5,000 on Tuesday!
— Georgia Lottery (@GeorgiaLottery) February 3, 2016
There were 329 fourth-tier winners who matched four balls without the Mega Ball. The prize for matching 4 white balls is $500. There were 42 additional winners who used the Megaplier and turned $500 into $2,000.
As the Mega Millions jackpot continues to roll, the likelihood it might increase to $100 million is good. Mega Millions, like Powerball, have had several jackpots throughout history that have reached substantial amounts. Whenever the jackpots continue to roll, there is a great chance that lottery fever will sweep over the nation. Some people never play the lottery unless the jackpot reaches a certain amount. Since record-breaking Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots hit, more people are playing the lottery than ever before.
— Mass. State Lottery (@MAStateLottery) February 3, 2016
Mega Millions is a multi-state game, operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Those who have individual questions regarding to playing the lottery or Mega Millions in their state, should begin with the information provided by the MUSL. Every state has their own state lottery site, and you will find that each state has different rules regarding play, how tickets are purchased, whether you can play online, if you can use credit or debit cards to play Mega Millions, and how long you have to claim your prize. The official Mega Millions site has a map of all participating state lotteries. You can click on your state and access your local lottery to find answers to most frequently asked Mega Millions and other lottery questions.
Do you prefer to play Mega Millions or Powerball? Both are multi-state jackpot games that have been known for their extremely large jackpots. Mega Millions jackpots reset to $15 million, and Powerball jackpots reset to $40 million. It costs $1 to play Mega Millions, and $2 to play Powerball. Check out the video below for some differences between Mega Millions and Powerball. Which game do you prefer, or do you play both?
You can read about some of the latest Mega Millions big winners at the official winner’s gallery hosted at the site. January saw several $1 million winners, and last year there were some very large Mega Millions jackpot winners. Five friends in New York and New Jersey put their money together, bought a winning Mega Millions ticket, and won the jackpot prize of $106 million. Raul Ahumada of Noel, Missouri, won $25 million. Steven Peloquin of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won a whopping $153 million jackpot. John Williams and Neal Logue of Blue Island, Illinois, won $262 million. The Lucky 16 Trust from Manhattan, New York, won $58 million.
What do you think about playing Mega Millions? Who will be the next big jackpot winner? Will it be you?
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