The Mega Millions winning numbers and winners for March 18 are in. There was no grand prize winner, and the jackpot has rolled to $30 million for the next drawing. You can watch the video of the last Mega Millions drawing as it occurred live in the video player below. The winning numbers for March 18 are 5, 8, 57, 59, and 73, and the Mega Ball is 13. The megaplier is 5x. The estimated jackpot was $25 million, with a cash value of $16 million.
The next Mega Millions drawing will take place on Tuesday, March 22, at 11:00 p.m.
— Florida Lottery (@floridalottery) March 18, 2016
There were no grand prize winners, no match 5 winners with the megaplier, and no match 5 winners without the megaplier. The largest prizes won in the last Mega Millions drawing were two winning tickets that had the match 4 plus the megaball, and used the megaplier increasing their wins from $5,000 to $25,000. There were 15 winning match 4 plus the megaball tickets sold that won $5,000.
Mega Millions jackpots always reset to $15 million, then roll when no one wins the grand prize. The game consists of five white balls ranging in numbers from 1-75 and one mega ball number ranging from 1-15. The chances of matching the mega ball number are 1 in 21. The prize for matching the mega ball only is $1. Anytime you match the mega ball, you win a prize. The odds of winning the grand prize jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850.
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— Patrick Shortt (@PatrickShortt3) March 17, 2016
The last Mega Millions jackpot was won on March 8 for $157 million. The jackpot reset on March 11, and has been slowly rising since. Mega Millions drawings are held twice each week and take place live from Atlanta, Georgia, at 11:00 p.m. ET.
Mega Millions is the second most popular lottery jackpot game following Powerball. Mega Millions jackpots start off at smaller amounts than Powerball jackpots, but the tickets are also cheaper. Powerball tickets are $2 per play, and Mega Millions tickets are $1 per play. Both games offer multipliers in most states for an additional $1. Using a multiplier is a great way to increase the amount of non-jackpot winnings. Mega Millions offers multipliers in the amounts of $2, $3, $4, and $5. While megapliers don’t apply to jackpot wins, they do apply to the second tier, match 5 wins.
Because Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game, it’s a good idea to check with your local state lottery for information regarding how the game operates in your state. You can find links to your local state lottery association at the official Mega Millions site. Mega Millions is played in 44 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C. Some people who win large prizes in Mega Millions feel uncomfortable about revealing their identity as a winner. Each state sets their own rules regarding anonymity and whether winners must come forward publicly.
Keep in mind that when you purchase a Mega Millions ticket, you must sign it immediately. If you lose or damage a winning Mega Millions ticket, you will forfeit any claim to the prize. It’s best to take precautions by purchasing your ticket, signing the back of it immediately and then keeping it in a safe place where it won’t become lost or damaged. If you do have a winning Mega Millions ticket, be careful whom you tell. It’s amazing how good friends can quickly turn into enemies and even trusted loved ones can easily betray lottery winners. It’s often best to seek legal and financial advice and choose the time to claim your prize carefully rather than rushing out and telling everyone you won the lottery.
The next Mega Millions drawing will be held on Tuesday, March 22 at 11:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned as we’ll have the live drawing video, winning numbers and news on the winners as soon as the drawing takes place.
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