Congratulations to all the Dec. 13, 2013 Mega Millions lottery winners! You're probably wondering, did anyone win the Mega Millions jackpot? The Mega Millions winning numbers were 19, 24, 26, 27, 70, the Mega Ball number was 12, and the Megaplier was X 2, announced ABC NEWS on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Unbelievably, there were well over 12.3 million lottery winners on Friday the 13th, but not one of them matched all six Mega Millions winning numbers to hit the $425 million jackpot. The good news is, the jackpot rolled over and is now worth an life-changing $550 million annuity, or $295 million in cold hard cash. Unfortunately, both amounts are before Uncle Sam deducts state and federal taxes.
Out of the millions of Dec. 13 Mega Millions winners, there were only nine (9) Match 5 + 0 lottery winners that matched five out of six white Mega Millions winning numbers, missing only the gold Mega Ball number for $1 million each. The lucky millionaires purchased their tickets in Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, two in Florida, two in Michigan, and two in New York. Had the Mega Millions winners purchased the Megaplier option their prize winnings would have doubled from $1 million to $2 million. Better luck next time!
There were also two-hundred-thirty (230) Match 4 + 1 winners in the Dec. 13 drawing. Each winner matched four out of five white Mega Millions winning numbers, AND the gold Mega Ball number for the third tier prize of $5,000. Twenty (20) Megaplier winners had their prize winnings automatically multiplied to $10,000 instead of the standard $5,000 prize.
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.
When is the Next Mega Millions Drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Dec. 17, 2013, at 11 p.m. EST. Tuesday's estimated jackpot a whopping $550 million annuity, or $295 million cash-value before taxes. Mega Millions winning numbers are drawn Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11 p.m. EST 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.
When is the Next Powerball Drawing?
According to Florida Lottery officials, the next Powerball drawing is scheduled for Dec. 14, 2013 at 10:59 p.m. EST. Because the Massachusetts and Nebraska Powerball winners hit the entire $122 million jackpot, the next jackpot will start over at the minimum of $40 million annuity, or $22.2 million for a one-time cash lump-sum payment. Both options are before taxes.
Disclaimer: Every effort is made to ensure the Mega Millions winning numbers are correct, however mistakes can happen. Please be sure to check the megamillions.com website for total accuracy.
Sources: MegaMillions.com; Powerball.com; ABC News
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