Mega Millions Fattens Up After Thanksgiving
Dec. 2, 2013 – The Mega Millions drawing Friday night did not produce any lucky jackpot winners, so the the prize swelled to $257 million ahead of Tuesday night’s drawing.
The winning Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday were 9, 41, 43, 47, 57, and the Mega Ball was 5. The Megaplier, which multiplies non-jackpot prizes by the number drawn, was 4x Friday night.
While nobody had a ticket matching all six numbers, there was one lucky player in Kentucky who scored the game’s $1 million second prize for matching all five white balls. Had that player added the Megaplier option to their ticket for an extra $1, their prize would have multiplied to $4 million.
An impressive 44 Mega Millions players matched four of the white balls and the Mega Ball to win third prizes. Three of those players added the Megaplier option to their tickets, so their regular $5,000 prizes multiply to $20,000 wins.
In all, more than 2.5 million tickets were sold matching a winning combination of numbers in Friday night’s drawing, and all those winners raked in more than $6.6 million collectively.
Tuesday’s drawing will be held at 11 p.m. EST, and the estimated $257 million annuity carries a $139 million cash option.
Now that the jackpot’s value has climbed past the important $250 million milestone, ticket sales are likely to increase. Just remember, you can’t win if you don’t play.