Will anyone win the Feb. 18, 2014 Mega Millions jackpot? Are you betting you have tonight's winning lottery ticket with the correct Mega Millions winning numbers on it? The Mega Millions numbers are worth a life-changing prize of $154 million, according to New Jersey Lottery officials Tuesday, Feb. 18, and that's 154 million reasons to buy a lottery ticket today!
Tuesday's estimated Mega Millions jackpot of $154 million is at its highest level since mid-November, claims Mega Millions officials. The cash option is an estimated $84 million. The jackpot has been rolling since it was last hit for $61 million on January 3. If you get lucky and match all six Mega Millions winning numbers on Feb. 18, would you choose the annuity option, or would you take all cash? Remember to put some of your prize winnings aside for Uncle Sam as state and federal taxes have to be deducted first.
BREAKING NEWS: The Mega Millions winning numbers for February 18, 2014 are 23, 29, 31, 37, 70, the Mega Ball number is 14, and the Megaplier is X 5.
Mega Millions Lottery Winners Strike It Rich
Meanwhile, New Jersey Lottery’s Executive Director Carole Hedinger reported Tuesday, Feb. 18, that one third-tier prize worth $5,000 was sold for the last Mega Millions drawing. The New Jersey Mega Millions winner matched four out of five white Powerball winning numbers, AND the gold Mega Ball number for the Feb. 14 drawing. The ticket was bought in Somerset County at Quick Chek #129, 1296 US Highway 28, in Somerville. Had the New Jersey lottery winner purchased the Megaplier option for an extra dollar, the ticket would have been automatically multiplied to $15,000.
In addition to the Garden State’s $5,000 winner, 29 players each purchased $500 winning tickets; one of those players added the Megaplier option making that ticket worth $1,500. Moreover, 107,282 other New Jersey players took home $179,392 in prizes ranging from $1 to $150. Carole Hedinger commented,
"Congratulations to the lottery winners and to the retailers that sold all those winning tickets. For selling the winning tickets, the retailers have become many more Lottery’ ‘lucky locations’ overnight."
What's the probability of winning the Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday, Feb. 18? Lottery officials say the overall odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 258,890,850. The odds of winning any prize is 1 in 14.7.
What Time is the Mega Millions Drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Feb. 18, 2014, at 11 p.m. EST. 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. Mega Millions tickets cost $1 each, and another $1 for the Megaplier option which could instantly multiply your prize winnings.
If no one wins matches all six Mega Millions winning numbers in Tuesday's drawing, the next Mega Millions jackpot will most likely reach $170 million by the time Friday's drawing rolls around!
Latest Powerball Numbers and Results
In other lottery news, the Powerball winning numbers for Feb. 15, 2014 were 2, 9, 14, 21, 23, and the red Powerball number was 3. There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday night. Read the article Powerball winning numbers results: Texas, Florida, Ohio lottery winners score for more details. The next Powerball drawing is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 19 for an estimated $400 million annuity, or $227.8 million cash value. Don't miss it!
Sources: Mega Millions; Powerball; New Jersey Lottery
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