The news of the $425.3 million California Powerball winner caused a lot of excitement this week, but now it's time to focus on the $172 million Mega Millions jackpot! The Feb. 21, 2014 Mega Millions winning numbers are worth a life-changing $172 million, and that's 172 million reasons to take a chance today.
The Feb. 21 Mega Millions jackpot lottery winner will have to choose between 30 annuity payments for $172 million, or take the one time cash lump-sum payment of $94 million for their prize. Both options are before state and federal taxes. Either way, that's a lot of money. One thing's for sure. The person who wins tonight's Mega Millions jackpot will be incredibly rich.
How hard can it be to pick six winning Mega Millions numbers? The probability of winning the Mega Millions jackpot on Feb. 21 is pretty high. 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. Winning the jackpot may sound impossible, but it only takes one Mega Millions winning ticket to take home the jackpot!
BREAKING NEWS: The Mega Millions winning numbers for February 21, 2014 are 23, 29, 32, 45, 46, the Mega Ball number is 15, and the Megaplier is X 5.
California Lottery Winners on a Winning Streak!
Meanwhile, California Lottery officials reported on Thursday, Feb. 20, that along with Wednesday's $425.3 million Powerball jackpot win,
"Northern California has been particularly lucky lately! We’re talking about the South Bay, and specifically Santa Clara County! Not only did Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas sell Wednesday's massive jackpot-winning ticket, almost two months ago to the day someone in San Jose bought the winning $324 million Mega Millions ticket that was all over the national news."
Just 12 miles from where the $425.3 million winning Powerball ticket was sold on Wednesday, Steve Tran matched all six Mega Millions winning numbers, and split half of the enormous $648 million jackpot on Dec. 17, 2013 with a Mega Millions lottery winner from Atlanta, Georgia. So in the span of two months, the California Lottery had two huge jackpots -- the second-largest jackpot of all time, and the sixth-largest jackpot of all time! What's the chance of that happening?
Not only that, but the big Powerball drawing on Wednesday, Feb. 19, had two additional high-tier California Powerball winners for $1,444,906 each. One second-tier Powerball winning ticket was sold at was sold at 7-Eleven, 2161 El Segundo Boulevard in El Segundo. The other Powerball winning ticket was purchased at Stop Save Liquor #2, 1424 Coffee Road in Modesto. Both tickets matched five white Powerball winning numbers, but missed the red Powerball number.
What Time is Tonight's Mega Millions Drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2014, at 11 p.m. EST. Friday's estimated jackpot is $172 million annuity, or $94 million cash-value before taxes. Mega Millions winning numbers are drawn Tuesday and Friday evenings at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands and cost $1 each. Add another $1 for the Megaplier option and you could instantly multiply your prize winnings!
Latest Powerball Winning Numbers and Results
The most recent Powerball winning numbers for Feb. 19, 2014, were 1, 17, 35, 49, 54, and the red Powerball number is 34. In case you haven't heard yet, there was one jackpot winner for this drawing. See the article Powerball winning numbers: California Powerball lottery winner hits $425M jackpot for more information. The next Powerball drawing is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2014, at 10:59 p.m. EST. Saturday's estimated jackpot is $40 million annuity, or $22.8 million cash value.
Sources: Mega Millions; California Lottery
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