March 21, 2014 – Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day to everyone who was Irish for the day Monday. You’re probably thankful that the work week following a holiday like that is over, just like we are here at LotteryHUB.
Along with the holiday, this week was also the beginning of March Madness. Millions of people across the U.S. submitted their picks for the Billion Dollar Bracket challenge, which, if there is a winner with a perfect March Madness bracket, will pay out $1 billion.
Excitement over that billion-dollar challenge was only added to by the frenzy that surrounded Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, which made several new millionaires.
Weekly Jackpot Update
Two of those new millionaires, neither of whom have come forward to claim their prize, hit the Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday night, splitting an annuity prize estimated at $414 million.
With a lump-sum cash option of about $224 million, each winner has their choice between a $207 million annuity prize or a $112 million cash option before taxes.
Along with those two big winners there were several new millionaires made on the drawing, a few of whom have already come forward to claim their Mega Millions second prizes.
Two new millionaires in Florida claimed their prizes this week. One of those winners, a Michigan man, won his million dollar prize playing the same numbers he always plays. Amazingly, he told Florida Lottery officials that he normally plays one of two Mega Ball numbers, and the one he didn’t play – 7 – was the Mega Ball drawn Tuesday.
The other second-prize winning ticket in Florida went to a group of five co-workers who gathered their change to purchase a ticket together. That winning ticket was the first they had ever purchased as a group,
Not surprisingly, they said they’d be playing together in the future.
Finally, a new millionaire in California showed up at the California Lottery Wednesday morning with his winning ticket, which was worth nearly $2 million.
The San Francisco taxi driver spent just one dollar on a Mega Millions ticket for Tuesday’s drawing, and that single ticket is what made him a millionaire.
Now that the jackpot has been won, Saturday’s drawing will feature a $15 million annuity jackpot with an $8 million cash value.
While nobody won the Powerball jackpot this week, there were also plenty of millionaires made Wednesday night.
None of this week’s Powerball millionaires have claimed their prize as of yet, so check your tickets! Million-dollar winners were sold in California, Indiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Saturday’s Powerball drawing will feature an estimated $96 million annuity jackpot with a cash value worth about $55 million.
Players who won’t be near a television for the drawing Saturday night can watch the drawing live, right from their smartphone with the free LotteryHUB app.
iOS and Android users can save their Powerball numbers into the app to take advantage of LotteryHUB’s ticket tracking tools. If it looks like you’re a winner once the numbers are drawn, LotteryHUB will send you an email to let you know.
Weekly Game News
St. Paddy’s Day brought with it several raffles and special drawings, including the Connecticut Lottery’s 50/50 Super Draw. Christina Desaulniers was the lucky winner of the Super Draw, taking home half of the revenue from ticket sales.
Before taxes, her prize was worth nearly $250,000, a sum she said came at the perfect time to catch up on bills.
This week was a record-busting one for the Arkansas Lottery. Their in-state pick 5 game, the Natural State Jackpot, reached its all-time high after more than 50 drawings without a winner.
The jackpot prize – which starts at $25,000 and grows $5,000 each time nobody wins – is now valued at about $305,000.
Finally for game news, the Oklahoma Lottery is holding a great promotion for Mega Millions players there. Any purchase of $5 on a single Mega Millions ticket will print out with an entry form for the Mega Summer Getaway.
There will be four winners in the Mega Summer Getaway promo, and each will be able to create their own custom vacation with a $2,500 travel voucher.
For these games and all the rest remember that it just takes one ticket to win – just like San Francisco’s newest millionaire found out.
To find out how late you can buy that one (or more) Mega Millions ticket before tonight’s drawing, check out this post.
And, for a state-by-state list of Powerball sales cutoff times, click here.
Good luck in this weekend’s drawings!