Mega Millions Jackpot Passes Half-Billion Mark
Dec. 14, 2013 – The Mega Millions jackpot grew by an unbelievable $125 million after no tickets matched all six winning numbers draw Friday night. The estimated $550 million prize is the second-highest Mega Millions jackpot to date, and the fourth-highest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
Friday’s winning numbers were 19, 24, 26, 27, 70 and the Mega Ball was 12. The Megaplier drawn last night, which multiplies non-jackpot prizes by the number drawn, was 2x.
Nine Mega Millions players were lucky enough to match all five white balls drawn Friday night, though they missed the Mega Ball.
Florida, Michigan, and New York each have two new millionaires thanks to Friday’s drawing. The other three second-prize winning tickets were sold in Colorado, Connecticut and New Jersey.
None of those nine new millionaires chose to add the Megaplier option to their tickets. Had any of them done so, their $1 million second prizes would have doubled.
Unbelievably, 230 Mega Millions tickets matched the Mega Ball Friday night, but missed one of the white balls drawn. 210 of those players will receive the regular $5,000 third prize, while the 20 other players chose to add the Megaplier option to their tickets, and will receive $10,000 prizes.
Third-prize winners alone won one and a quarter million dollars, but that’s only a fraction of the incredible amount of money won Friday night.
Nearly 11.5 million Mega Millions tickets matched a winning combination of the numbers drawn Friday night. All those winners collectively raked in more than $31 million in prize money – more than the value of Mega Millions’ starting jackpot prize.
The next Mega Millions drawing, featuring the $550 million jackpot prize, will be held Tuesday night at 11 p.m. EST. That $550 million annuity jackpot carries a $295 million cash value, so players definitely don’t want to forget to buy their tickets for Tuesday night.
You can’t win if you don’t play.