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Mega Millions winning numbers $22M Dec. 24: Lucky lottery winners strike it rich

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The huge Christmas Eve Mega Millions jackpot is just begging for a lucky lottery winner to grab it all. The Dec. 24, 2013 Mega Millions winning numbers are worth $22 million annuity, or a one-time cash option of $11 million, according to New Jersey Lottery officials on Monday. Who wouldn't love to win this massive jackpot just in time for Christmas?

Tuesday's $22 million Mega Millions jackpot lottery winner will have to choose between 26 annuity payments, or take the entire one time cash lump-sum payment of $11 million for their prize. Unfortunately, both Mega Millions prize options are before state and federal taxes are deducted.

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BREAKING NEWS: The Mega Millions winning numbers for December 24, 2013 are 23, 34, 53, 58, 73, the Mega Ball number is 2, and the Megaplier is X 3.
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Meanwhile, New Jersey Lottery's Executive Director Carole Hedinger announced on Monday, Dec. 23, that they had another third prize lottery winner in the last drawing. The $5,000 winning ticket was sold in in Essex County at Maria’s Sweet Deli, 149 South St., in Newark. The New Jersey lottery winner matched four out of five white Mega Millions winning numbers, AND the gold Mega Ball number for the Dec. 20 drawing. Additionally, 78,598 other New Jersey players took home $137,907 in prizes ranging from $1 to $100.

Carole 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."

When is the Next Mega Millions Drawing?

The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Dec. 24, 2013, 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 and cost $1 each. Another $1 for the Megaplier option could greatly 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 Dec. 21 drawing were 25, 36, 40, 45, 51, and the red Powerball number was 8. There were no jackpot winners for this drawing. The next Powerball drawing is scheduled for Dec. 25, 2013, at 10:59 p.m. EST. Wednesday's Christmas Day estimated jackpot is $74 million annuity, or $41.3 million cash value.

Sources: MegaMillions.com; New Jersey Lottery

Photo Credit: Mega Millions Lottery Money by Stock.xchng; emsago

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