March 19, 2014 – So much for jackpot fever. Last night, two winners matched all six winning numbers in the Mega Millions drawing, each landing themselves half of the estimated $400 million jackpot that was just beginning to stir jackpot fever nationwide.
The two jackpot-winning tickets were sold in Florida and Maryland. The winning numbers those players matched were 11, 19, 24, 33, 51 and the Mega Ball was 7.
Tuesday’s Megaplier was 3x, so players who added the Megaplier option to their ticket and won a non-jackpot prize will receive three times the normal prize amount.
Along with the two new Mega Millions jackpot winners there were eight new millionaires made by Tuesday night’s drawing.
Two players each in Florida and New York, along with single winners in California, Illinois, Maryland and Texas, won $1 million second prizes Tuesday by matching five of the white numbers drawn.
None of these players added the Megaplier option, so they all missed out on their chance to win $3 million Megaplier second prizes.
Because California pays lottery prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, where the number of players and winners can impact prize amounts, the second-prize winner there will receive nearly $2 million for matching all five white numbers.
Eight new millionaires is an impressive number, but perhaps more impressive is that more than 200 other players also matched five of the six winning numbers Tuesday.
Seventeen of those players added the Megaplier option to their tickets and will receive $15,000 third prizes. The other 190 third-prize winners will each receive Mega Millions’ normal $5,000 prize. Altogether, the 207 third prize winners collectively won more than $1.2 million.
By the numbers, Tuesday was certainly a lucky night. more than 8.1 million players won one of Mega Millions’ nine prizes Tuesday – that’s nearly double the number of winners from last Friday’s drawing.
Non-jackpot prize winners together won more than $25.7 million, including $3.8 million won on tickets with the Megaplier option added.
Together with Tuesday’s big jackpot win, players hauled off nearly $426 million in prize money.
Thanks to the two big winners from Florida and Maryland, Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot will reset to its $15 million starting level, with an $8 million cash value.
Players should remember that while $15 million doesn’t sound quite as exciting, it’s still a lot of money that could change your whole life. Plus, smaller jackpots don’t attract the same attention, so playing these drawings offer better odds that you won’t split the jackpot with another Mega Millions player.
To find out how late you can buy your Mega Millions tickets before sales close ahead of the drawings, check out this post. Good luck Friday.