Who wants to be a multimillionaire going into the new year? The New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2013 Mega Millions winning numbers are worth a mind-blowing $47 million annuity, or $25 million in cash, according to New Jersey Lottery officials on Monday, Dec. 30. Who wouldn't want a $47 million New Year's jackpot sitting in their bank account? Unfortunately, both options are before Uncle Sam gets his state and federal taxes. Even with all the deductions, whoever bought the winning ticket for tonight's drawing will be rolling in dough!
To win the huge Mega Millions jackpot on Dec. 31, you'll have to match all six Mega Millions winning numbers on one ticket. How hard can it be to pick just six simple numbers? It's a lot harder than you think, otherwise there would be a lottery winner with every drawing. Lottery officials say the overall odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 258,890,850. The odds of winning any prize is 1 in 14.7.
BREAKING NEWS: The Mega Millions winning numbers for December 31, 2013 are 8, 12, 34, 52, 58, the Mega Ball number is 8, and the Megaplier is X 3.
If no one wins matches all six Mega Millions winning numbers in the Tuesday, Dec. 31 drawing, the next Mega Millions jackpot may reach $60 million by the time the next drawing rolls around on Friday, Jan. 3.
California Mega Millions Winning Ticket Still Unclaimed
Meanwhile, California Lottery officials announced on Dec. 30, that as of Monday's press release, the winner of the $324 million Mega Millions prize on Tuesday, Dec. 17, still not come forward to claim their half of the jackpot. How can anyone wait that long to claim a jackpot prize so large? It's anyone's guess, but the clock will eventually run out and the prize will expire. Hopefully the California lottery winner sought financial advice and is just waiting for the first of the year to pay their lottery taxes. Perhaps they're seeking legal counsel and getting all their "ducks in a row" before claiming all that money. The California Mega Millions winner will split the massive $648 million jackpot with one Georgia lottery winner. The cash option amounts to $173,819,742.50 before taxes for each jackpot winner.
What Time is the Mega Millions Drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2013, at 11 p.m. EST. Tuesday's estimated jackpot is $47 million annuity, or $25 million cash-value before taxes. Mega Millions winning numbers are drawn Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11 p.m. EDT 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!
Latest Powerball Results
The most recent Powerball winning numbers for Dec. 28, 2013, were 8, 35, 44, 51, 56, and the red Powerball number is 18. There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday night. Read the article Powerball winning numbers $40M Dec. 28: Missouri lottery winner hits jackpot for more details. The next Powerball drawing is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2013, at 10:59 p.m. EST. Wednesday's estimated jackpot is $50 million annuity, or $27.7 million cash value. Don't miss it!
Sources: MegaMillions.com; Powerball.com; New Jersey Lottery, California Lottery
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