If you're thinking of striking it rich tonight with Mega Millions, it's totally possible with Friday's $30 million jackpot! The Mega Millions winning numbers for the April 4, 2014 drawing may not be a record-breaking amount, but it's plenty for most people to retire on. The one time cash option of $16 million is nothing to sneeze at either, according to New Jersey Lottery officials on April 2.
This is the third Mega Millions drawing since one New York Mega Millions lottery winner hit the $20 million jackpot on March 25. The jackpot has been climbing slowly ever since, and just waiting for someone to match all six Mega Millions winning numbers. If no one wins the jackpot on Friday, April 4, the next Mega Millions jackpot will most likely reach $35 million or more. How many lottery tickets did you buy for tonight's drawing?
BREAKING NEWS: The Mega Millions winning numbers for April 4, 2014 are 1, 10, 15, 41, 54, the Mega Ball is 9, and the Megaplier is X 2.
Even though the April 4 Mega Millions jackpot is a lot less than the $400 million Mega Millions jackpot the Florida and Maryland lottery winners hit on March 18, don't think of Friday's jackpot as being not worth the trouble. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot tonight are the same as they are for any drawing—about 1 in 258,890,850. Sure, it's not the largest jackpot ever, but it's better than not playing at all!
California Powerball Winners Claim $2.2 Million
Meanwhile, California Lottery officials announced April 2, that Jorge Prado and co-worker Mohammad Islam finally claimed a winning Powerball ticket worth $2,198,310 that's been hanging out there for the last two and a half weeks. The second-tier lottery winners matched five out of six white Powerball winning numbers (2, 19, 23, 34, 43), missing only the red Powerball number (27) for the March 19 drawing.
Islam told California Lottery officials that he’s always told Prado , "Don’t worry, I promise you I will let you know if we win – just give me your money!" It's a good thing Prado listened because one of the two Powerball tickets Islam bought that night was a winner that night! "He thought I was just kidding with him because I didn’t give him a copy of the ticket, so he didn’t know what our (winning) numbers were," said Islam.
California Powerball winners Islam and Prado purchased their lucky Powerball ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 130 Harder Road in Hayward (Alameda County). The 7-Eleven store will also receive a $11,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
When is the Mega Millions Drawing?
According to the Florida Lottery, the next Mega Millions drawing is April 4, 2014 at 11 p.m. EDT. 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. The final Mega Millions results are usually available within a few hours of the drawing.
When is the Next Powerball Drawing?
The next Powerball drawing is scheduled for April 5, 2014 at 10:59 p.m. EDT. Saturday's Powerball winning numbers are worth $70 million annuity, or $40.7 million for a one-time cash lump-sum payment. Both options are before taxes. The Powerball winning numbers are drawn live Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 10:59 p.m. EDT in Florida. The Powerball game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each.
Sources: Mega Millions; Powerball; California Lottery; New Jersey Lottery
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