The second-largest Mega Millions jackpot could be given away as of Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. The latest drawing's winning numbers will be worth $636 million before taxes, which is second only to a previous jackpot of $656 million which three winners split back in March of 2012. Wednesday's winning numbers will be shown locally on various news stations including WDBJ 7, a CBS affiliate in Virginia.
Update: Winning numbers for Wednesday are 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and a Mega Ball of 7.
The Chicago Tribune reported on Dec. 17 that the cash option prize in tonight’s drawing would give one winner an estimated $341.2 million, which is certainly major life-changing money. The Virginia lottery director, Paula Otto, has noted that almost two-thirds of the tickets for the lottery are bought on the day of the drawing, meaning customers will be flocking to stores in all the states where Mega Millions tickets are sold.
Otto said of the latest giveaway which is exactly one week before Christmas eve:
“We've never had a jackpot this high the week before Christmas. You like to see winners and you like to see big jackpots. I leave it in the hands of the bouncing balls.”
Winning the jackpot requires picking six numbers: five numbers plus a Mega Ball number which is denoted by a yellow ball in the drawing. Other prizes in the drawing are given for matching other combinations of numbers. The monetary prizes range from $1 up to $1 million in the normal Mega Millions, and $2 up to $2 million if the Megaplier option is selected.
The previous drawing resulted in winning numbers of 19, 24, 26, 27, 70 and a Mega Ball of 12, which no ticket matched correctly. However, there were 9 winners of the $1 million prize with the winners coming from Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey and New York.
Of course if there’s no winner in tonight’s drawing, that bumps the jackpot up even higher for Friday night, and if there’s no winner then, expect a major payout for Christmas eve. That would certainly qualify the Mega Millions tickets as a smart and potentially-lucrative stocking stuffer across the nation.
The latest Mega Millions winning numbers will be shown on local CBS affiliate station WDBJ 7 after 11 p.m. EST during the news telecast’s first commercial break.