The last Mega Millions drawing was held on March 8, and there was a jackpot winner! Last night’s winning numbers are 27, 37,54,66,69, and the Mega Ball is 5. The Mega Millions megaplier is 5x. Because there was a lucky grand-prize winner, the jackpot has reset to $15 million. In addition to the jackpot winner, there was a match 5 winner who used the megaplier and won $5 million. One match five winner didn’t opt for the megaplier and won $1 million. You can see the drawing as it took place live from Atlanta, Georgia, in the video player below.
— Washington’s Lottery (@walottery) March 9, 2016
The official Mega Millions website released a statement regarding the jackpot winner.
“The Mega Millions jackpot was won Tuesday night, as a single ticket sold in the state of Washington matched all six numbers drawn: the white balls 27, 37, 54, 66 and 69, plus the Mega Ball 5. The lucky ticket-holder will take home a jackpot estimated at $157 million ($102 million cash).”
“It is Washington’s fourth Mega Millions jackpot winner and its first since January 2011. The jackpot had been rolling since last won in New York on January 8.”
“Also Tuesday night, there were two Match 5 winning tickets sold, one in California and one in Ohio. The Ohio ticket included the optional Megaplier, which turned that prize into $5 million after the 5x Megaplier was drawn.”
“The jackpot resets to $15 million for Friday’s draw.”
The Powerball jackpot was won on March 2 and reset to $40 million for the next drawing. Now that both Powerball and Mega Millions’ jackpots have recently been won, many are excited to see how large they will roll before the next jackpot winners are revealed.
— Neil Ikeda (@NeilKOMOTV) March 9, 2016
Mega Millions is the second most popular lottery game nationwide. There are different types of lottery games, such as jackpot and scratch off tickets, but Mega Millions and Powerball are known for having large jackpot prizes, making them popular choices. Powerball jackpots always reset to $40 million, while Mega Millions jackpots reset to $15 million. The next Mega Millions drawing will be held on Friday, March 11, and the estimated cash value of the $15 million jackpot will be $9 million.
Mega Millions is an easy game to play. Tickets cost $1 per play and you can add the Mega Millions megaplier for an additional $1. It’s best to play Mega Millions by setting a budget so that you are in charge of how much money you are spending on tickets. Though Mega Millions tickets are inexpensive, many people like to buy multiple tickets at each draw. This can increase the amount spent on on the game, making it a good idea to set a budget beforehand.
Never spend money on Mega Millions’ tickets that you can’t afford to lose. If you feel that you are spending more on the lottery than you intended, check to see if you’re developing a gambling addiction. While the lottery is a fun game and people can strike it rich, it is also a form of gambling that can become problematic for some people. You can find information about help for gambling addiction and pertinent resources at your local lottery website. Mega Millions has a list of each state lottery that participates in the game and you’ll find helpful information there.
Are you going to buy a Mega Millions ticket for the next drawing? It will take place Friday, March 12 at 11:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned as we’ll have the live drawing video, information on the winners, and the winning numbers results.
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