Feeling lucky? A $12 million Mega Millions jackpot is up for grabs on Oct. 4, 2013. Players across the country are betting they have all six Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday's drawing. The one-time cash option of $8 million is also impressive, according to New Jersey lottery officials on Wednesday, Oct. 2. How many Mega Millions tickets did you buy for tonight's drawing?
As the Oct. 4 Mega Millions jackpot winner, you'll have a tough decision to make. Will you choose between the annuity option of $12 million paid out over 26 years, or the cash lump sum payment of $8 million? Unfortunately, both Mega Millions prize options are before state and federal taxes are deducted.
BREAKING NEWS: The Mega Millions winning numbers for October 4, 2013 are 4, 16, 24, 25, 44, the Mega Ball number is 5, and the Megaplier number is X 3.
New Jersey Lottery Winners Score Big Money!
Not only did one Maryland Mega Millions lottery winner hit the massive $189 million jackpot in the last drawing, but according to New Jersey Lottery officials on Wednesday, Oct. 2, New Jersey lottery winners are on a roll too! One New Jersey Lottery winner won $250,000, and four New Jersey Mega Millions winners hit $10,000 each in the Tuesday, Oct. 1 drawing. The five New Jersey lottery winners successfully matched all the correct Mega Millions winning numbers for their prize level.
The $250,000 New Jersey lottery winner purchased the winning ticket in Monmouth County at Howell Bowling, 1002 Route 9 S., in Howell. The $10,000 New Jersey Mega Millions winners bought their lucky tickets in Camden County at Friendly Food Mart, 1900 Green Tree Rd., Cherry Hill; in Essex County at Getty Food Mart, 242 Elizabeth Ave., Newark; in Somerset County at Plaza Deli & Catering, 856 Route 206 S., Hillsborough; and in Union County at Continental Wines & Liquors, 840 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth, for the Oct. 1 drawing.
New Jersey Lottery’s Executive Director Carole Hedinger commented,
"Congratulations to these lottery players who purchased the winning tickets and to the retailers that sold them. For selling the winning tickets the retailers have become five more of the Lottery’s most recent ‘lucky locations’ overnight."
What Time is Tonight's Mega Millions Drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Oct. 4, 2013, at 11 p.m. EDT. Mega Millions winning numbers are drawn Tuesday and Friday evenings at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are sold in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $1 each, and another $1 for the Megaplier option which could instantly multiply your prize winnings.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot in lottery history was $656 million (cash option of $474 million). It was split by three Mega Millions lottery winners on March 30, 2012. See the article Illinois, Kansas, Maryland lottery winners share Mega Millions winning numbers for more details.
Latest Powerball Winning Numbers and Results
The most recent Powerball winning numbers from the Oct. 2 drawing were 4, 6, 25, 42, 51, and the red Powerball number is 17. There were no jackpot winners for this drawing. See the article Powerball winning numbers Oct. 2: Powerball jackpot winner will be rich for more information. The next Powerball drawing is scheduled for August 17, 2013, at 10:59 p.m. EDT. Saturday's jackpot amount is $86 million annuity, or $49.3 million cash value.
Sources: Mega Millions; New Jersey Lottery
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