How would you like to be $216 million richer when you go to bed tonight? The Mega Millions winning numbers for Feb. 28, 2014 are worth a mind-blowing $216 million, and that's 216 million reasons to take a chance and buy a lottery ticket today! The one-time cash lump sum option is $119 million. Even after state and federal taxes are deducted, you'll still be filthy rich.
Friday's $216 million Mega Millions jackpot lottery winner will have to choose between 30 annual annuity payments, or take the entire one time cash lump-sum payment of $119 million for their prize. Which option would you choose if you end up being the Feb. 28 Mega Millions jackpot winner?
BREAKING NEWS: The Mega Millions winning numbers for February 28, 2014 are 3, 31, 50, 58, 59, the Mega Ball number is 6, and the Megaplier number is X 4.
What's the probability of winning the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday, Feb. 28? 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.
New Jersey Lottery Winners
Meanwhile, New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger announced on Feb. 26, that they had one (1) $25,000 Mega Millions winner, and five (5) $5,000 winners in the last Mega Millions drawing. In other words, New Jersey lottery winners are on a roll! Can their luck hold out for the Feb. 28 drawing?
The lucky $25,000 New Jersey Mega Millions winner purchased their lucky ticket in Essex County at 7-Eleven #11438 (N). 576 Bloomfield Ave., in West Caldwell. The $25,000 lottery winner matched four out of five white Mega Millions winning numbers (12, 18, 25, 35, 66), AND the gold Mega Ball number (15) for the Tuesday, Feb. 25 drawing. Normally this size prize would pay $5,000, however, the lottery winner also purchased a Megaplier ticket for an extra dollar which multiplied the prize winnings to $25,000.
The remaining five (5) third-tier $5,000 Mega Millions lottery winners purchased their tickets in Burlington County, Essex County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, and Passaic County, New Jersey.
Carol Hedinger commented,
"Congratulations to the lottery winners and to the retailers that sold all of those winning tickets. For selling the winning tickets, the retailers have become many more Lottery ‘lucky locations’ overnight."
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.
What Time is the Mega Millions Drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Feb. 28, 2014, at 11 p.m. EST. Friday's estimated jackpot is $216 million annuity, or $119 million cash-value before taxes. 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.
Latest Powerball Winning Numbers and Results
The most recent Powerball winning numbers for Feb. 26, 2014, were 11, 12, 17, 38, 42, and the red Powerball number is 2. There were no jackpot winners for this drawing. See the article Powerball winning numbers results Feb. 26: Did anyone win the Powerball jackpot? for more information. The next Powerball drawing is scheduled for March 1, 2014, at 10:59 p.m. EST. Saturday's estimated jackpot is $60 million annuity, or $33.9 million for a one-time cash lump-sum payment. Don't miss it!
Sources: Mega Millions; New Jersey Lottery
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