The Mega Millions winning numbers and winners for March 15 are in. There was no grand prize winner and the Mega Millions jackpot has rolled to $25 million with an estimated cash value of $16 million. The winning numbers for March 15 are 18, 26, 30, 44, 68, and the Mega Ball is 7. The Mega Millions megaplier is 4x. The jackpot has reset after a winning ticket was sold in Washington on March 8. You can watch the video of last night’s Mega Millions drawing as it occurred live in the video player below
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While there hasn’t been a Mega Millions jackpot winner since March 8, there was a lucky New York winner who matched all five white Mega Millions numbers and won $1 million. There was no match 5 winner who used the megaplier.
Mega Millions is the second-most-popular lottery jackpot game in the United States. It is governed by the Multi-State Lottery Association, and 44 state lotteries offer Mega Millions along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. States where Mega Millions is not played include Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, and Utah. The jackpot rolls after each draw and resets to $15 million after each jackpot win. Tickets cost $1 per play, and the megaplier is an additional $1. Those who play regularly often add the megaplier to their tickets in hopes of increasing non-jackpot prizes.
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There are nine ways to win when playing Mega Millions, and the second-tier prize, combined with the megaplier, can increase to large amounts. Mega Millions megapliers are available as 2x, 3x, 4x, and 5x. Unlike Powerball, which limits the amount of the multiplier on second-tier prizes, Mega Millions will multiply each match 5 win by the number drawn. The megaplier always costs an additional $1, but may not be offered in every state. If you have questions about your local state laws and how the Mega Millions game operates, check with your local state lottery. The official Mega Millions website provides a listing of each state lottery that plays the jackpot game.
Mega Millions drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. ET. The Mega Millions drawings stream live from the WSBTV lottery studios in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a good idea to check with your state lottery to determine the cut-off time for purchasing Mega Millions tickets.
While many feel that playing the lottery is a game of fantasy, it’s important to take a serious approach when playing the game. Some people only play the lottery when the jackpot rises into the hundreds of millions, or even billions, as was seen with January 13’s $1.584 billion jackpot. By playing only when lottery fever strikes, players run the risk of succumbing to risky behavior. All lottery games are a form of gambling, and players should remain cautious of any risky or dangerous behavior.
Never spend countless amounts of money on Mega Millions tickets in hopes that you will strike it rich and increase your chances of winning. Playing the game responsibly means to set a fixed amount of money that you will use for the purchase of Mega Millions tickets and stick to that budget, regardless of how high the jackpot becomes. There have been cases of people who have lost their savings and used bill money to buy lottery tickets with very little return.
You should also prepare for what you will do if you are one of the lucky Mega Millions jackpot winners. Many people play lottery games without any real expectation of winning, and if they do win, find themselves confused by their sudden financial wealth. Ensure that you know how to handle your finances should you win and determine beforehand if you prefer a lump sum payout or a cash annuity paid on a yearly basis.
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The next Mega Millions drawing will take place on Friday, March 18, 2016, at 11 p.m. ET. Stay tuned as we’ll have the live drawing, updates on the winning numbers, and winners along with the video.
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