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Mega Millions winning numbers $353M March 14: $2.6M California lottery winner

Have you heard the news? The March 14, 2014 Mega Millions jackpot has skyrocketed to $353 million, and all you have to do is pick all six Mega Millions winning numbers on the same ticket to win. How hard could it be to match a handful of simple numbers? Apparently it's a lot harder than it looks because the jackpot has rolled over 19 consecutive drawings without a Mega Millions grand prize winner, reported KOB 4 News on Friday, March 14.

Mega Millions Winning Numbers Worth $353 Million on March 14: Congratulations to the California Lottery Winner!
Mega Millions Winning Numbers Worth $353 Million on March 14: Congratulations to the California Lottery Winner!Stock.xchng; Leonardini

As it stands now, the March 14 Mega Millions jackpot is the fifth-largest Mega Millions jackpot in the history of the game. If no one wins the massive $353 million jackpot Friday night, it will roll over again and pass the $400 million mark.

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BREAKING NEWS: The Mega Millions winning numbers for March 14, 2014 are 7, 20, 40, 54, 69, the Mega Ball is 12, and the Megaplier is X 3.
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Dreaming of riches? Well, keep dreaming! Although the odds of winning the March 14 Mega Millions jackpot is astronomical at 1 in 258,890,850, the near-record jackpot will incite "Lottery Fever" throughout the country. Many people were standing in line early Friday morning, said CBS News, to buy lottery tickets in search of getting rich quick. But remember, playing the lottery should be fun, however, too much lottery fun can be addictive and could ruin lives. Please play responsibly, and don't spend more than you're willing to lose.

California Lottery Winner Claims $2.6 Million

Meanwhile, California Lottery officials on Thursday, March 13, announced that after three months of waiting to see who the California Mega Millions winner was, Rosa Juarez of San Diego County, finally claimed her lottery ticket worth $2,621,916.00!

Juarez matched five out of six white Mega Millions winning numbers (8, 20, 14, 17 and 39), missing only the gold Mega Ball number (7) for the Dec. 17, 2013 drawing. She purchased her lucky ticket at Square Bottle Liquor, which is located at 21 Naples Street in Chula Vista. Not only did Juarez win $2.6 million, but the retailer will also receive a $13,000 bonus check for selling the winning ticket as well.

What took Juarez so long to come forward and claim her prize? She's not saying, and declined to share other details according to California Lottery officials. Whatever her reason for holding onto her ticket for three months, Rosa Juarez must be a very happy millionaire, or double-and-a-half-millionaire!

When is the Mega Millions Drawing?

According to Florida Lottery officials, the March 14, 2014 Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for 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. Mega Millions tickets cost $1 each, and another $1 for the Megaplier option which could instantly multiply your prize winnings.

Latest Powerball Numbers and Results

In other lottery news, the Powerball winning numbers for March 12, 2014 were 14, 15, 28, 37, 54, and the red Powerball number was 10. There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday night. Read the article Powerball winning numbers results: Virginia Powerball winner hits enormous prize for more details. The next Powerball drawing is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014 for an estimated $70 million annuity, or $39.5 million cash value. Don't miss it!

Sources: Mega Millions; Powerball; California Lottery; KOB News; CBS News

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