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Mega Millions winning numbers $257M Dec. 3: California lottery winner scores $5M

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A staggering $257 million Mega Millions jackpot is up for grabs Dec. 3, 2013. Players across the country are hoping they have all six Mega Millions winning numbers for Tuesday's drawing. The one-time cash option of $139 million is also huge, according to New Jersey 101.5 on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

As the Dec. 3 Mega Millions jackpot winner, you'll have to make a tough choice. Will you choose between the annuity option of $257 million paid out over 26 years, or the cash lump sum payment of $139 million? 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 3, 2013 are 7, 12, 41, 44, 59, the Mega Ball number is 3, and the Megaplier is X 3.
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As of today, there have been seventeen drawings with no Mega Millions jackpot winners. The last Mega Millions jackpot winner was from Anne Arundel County, Maryland, who hit the $189 million jackpot way back on October 1, 2013. The jackpot has been growing steadily ever since.

California Lottery Winner Hits $5 Million!

California lottery winner Danny Salazar is a very lucky man. According to Huffington Post on Tuesday, Dec. 3, Salazar threw away a winning lottery ticket worth $5 million, then dug it out of the garbage in the nick of time before it went to the dump! Salazar recently wrote on a "Before I Die" art project wall, "Before I die, I want to win the Lottery." And he did just that! On Oct. 5, Salazar won $5 million from the California Lottery, but he thought the ticket was a loser, so he initially threw it away.

Salazar said, "I was shaking. I almost lost the ticket," Salazar said to the California Lottery. "I actually threw it away. I threw away $5 million!" Salazar has been playing the lottery since he was 18 years old. Huffington Post reported Salazar plans to buy a house or apartment and to save and invest the rest.

What Time is the Mega Millions Drawing?

The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Dec 3, 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 couldgreatly 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 Nov. 30, 2013, were 5, 26, 44, 45, 57, and the red Powerball number was 29. There were no jackpot winners for this drawing. See the article Powerball winning numbers $70M Nov. 30: Lottery winner hits huge Powerball prize for more information. The next Powerball drawing is scheduled for Dec. 4, 2013, at 10:59 p.m. EDT. Saturday's jackpot amount is $81 million annuity, or $45.5 million cash value. Don't miss it!

Sources: Mega Millions; Huffington Post; California Lottery

Photo Credit: Mega Millions Lottery Money by Morguefile; alvimann

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