A staggering $22 million Mega Millions jackpot is up for grabs Oct. 11, 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 $15 million is also huge, according to California Lottery officials on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
As the Oct. 11 Mega Millions jackpot winner, you'll have to make a tough choice. Will you choose between the annuity option of $22 million paid out over 26 years, or the cash lump sum payment of $15 million? Unfortunately, both Mega Millions prize options are before state and federal taxes are deducted.
BREAKING NEWS: The Mega Millions winning numbers for October 11, 2013 are 3, 27, 37, 45, 48, the Mega Ball is 46, and the Megaplier is X 4.
California Mega Millions Winner Hits Big Money!
California Lottery officials announced on Wednesday, Oct. 9, that there was one second-tier Mega Millions lottery winner in the last drawing. The California Mega Millions winner matched five out of six Mega Millions winning numbers, but not the gold Mega Ball number for the second-tier prize. The standard prize amount for this type of win is normally $1 million, however, California Mega Millions prize amounts are pari-mutuel, and may vary depending on ticket sales and number of winner. Unfortunately for this California lottery winner the prize was only $249,182.
"The lucky winner purchased their ticket at Ta-Go Coffee, which is located at 5210 West 1st Street in Santa Ana (Orange County). The winning ticket matched the Mega Millions winning numbers of 6, 15, 19, 23 and 40, but missed the Mega Ball number of 5," reported California Lottery officials.
What Time is Tonight's Mega Millions Drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Oct. 11, 2013, at 11 p.m. ET. 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 for Oct. 9, 2013, were 3, 9, 19, 33, 38, and the red Powerball number was 18. There were no jackpot winners for this drawing. See the article Powerball winning numbers: Georgia, Illinois lottery winners, jackpot now $133M for more information. The next Powerball drawing is scheduled for Oct. 12, 2013, at 10:59 p.m. EDT. Saturday's jackpot amount is $133 million annuity, or $76 million cash value. Don't miss it!
Sources: Mega Millions; California Lottery
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