It's March 8 and that means it's time for the next Mega Millions drawing. The jackpot has rolled since the Jan. 8 drawing and tonight's draw will be for $157 million. You can watch the live video of the Mega Millions drawing as the winning numbers are drawn in the video player below. The draw takes place at 11:00 p.m. ET and airs from Atlanta, Georgia. All Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. ET. Until tonight's drawing you can watch the video from the last drawing held on March 4. The latest Mega Millions winning numbers are as follows: 21, 26, 33, 48, 73, and the Mega Ball is 14. The Mega Millions megaplier is 4x.
Update! The Mega Millions winning numbers for March 8, 2016, have been drawn. They are 27, 37, 54, 66, 69, and the Mega Ball is 5. The Mega Millions megaplier is 5x.
You could turn traveling the world into a sport if you win tonight's $157M #MEGAMILLIONS jackpot! #TravelTuesday pic.twitter.com/Jo8qYiCu35The $157 million jackpot has people excited from Florida to California. Mega Millions is played in 44 states; Washington, D.C.; and the U.S. Virgin Islands. More people are discovering the benefits of playing lottery jackpot games, and becoming regular, weekly players than ever before. Powerball remains the nation's most popular lottery game with Mega Millions coming in second. Those who want to play Mega Millions can visit the official site and find information regarding their local state lottery. Each state lottery offers relevant information that can help those who play the lottery ensure they are doing so in a fun and responsible manner.
— Florida Lottery (@floridalottery) March 8, 2016
When playing lottery games like Mega Millions, it's important to keep in mind that lottery games are a form of gambling. You must be 18 years old to play and need to ensure that you only play with money that you can afford to lose. For many people, the most responsible way to play Mega Millions is by setting a separate fund from your entertainment budget and only using that money to play. Mega Millions tickets cost $1 each and Powerball tickets cost $2. There are two drawings held, twice per week. Many people find it feasible to play multiple tickets during each draw with the Mega Millions megaplier added.
If you've never played Mega Millions before, you'll find that the game is easy. You can find many local retailers in your area who carry lottery tickets. If you need help locating a retailer, check out your local state lottery page as they'll have information. Some states allow for online ticket sales while others don't. Again, trust your local state lottery for real information regarding online lottery ticket sales. There are many scams out there that will try and get you to purchase tickets online. If in doubt, it is best to buy your tickets at your local retailer. If you buy a grand prize winning ticket, the retailer location will also receive a prize.
Mega Millions consists of five white balls and white gold or yellow ball called the Mega Ball. The grand prize is won when the six numbers you selected match the six winning numbers drawn at the time of the live drawing. Five white balls consist of the numbers 1-75. The gold Mega Ball will feature a number from 1-15. You can select your own numbers for your Mega Millions lottery ticket, or let the terminal choose your numbers randomly. Some people prefer to carefully choose their numbers and then play the same numbers at each draw. Others use a Quick Pick or Easy Ticket and play that way. Both methods are effective strategies for winning lottery games and you can win Mega Millions as well as Powerball with Quick Pick tickets.
Tonight's Mega Millions jackpot is for an estimated $157 million with an estimated cash value of $101 million. This means that if someone choose the annuity payment, they will get the $157 million minus taxes. Should they opt for the lump sum payment, it will be $101 million. The megaplier option allows players to multiply the amount of their win; however, this does not apply to jackpot prizes.
Stay tuned as we'll have the Mega Millions live drawing video, winning numbers, and winner's updates as soon as the drawing takes place at 11:00 p.m. ET.
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