Dec. 17, 2013 – Two tickets matched all six numbers drawn in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, so the jackpot that created nationwide excitement and frenzied ticket sales this week will be split down the middle.
The annuity prize actually grew to $648 million by the time ticket sales were closed. Each of the winning tickets, which were sold in California and Georgia, is worth an estimated $324 million as an annuity prize.
The cash value for the jackpot, which reflects the total amount of money collected through ticket sales, is $347.6 million, meaning each winner could choose a lump sum of more than $173 million before taxes.
Tuesday’s winning Mega Millions numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and the Mega Ball was 7. The Megaplier drawn Tuesday night, which multiplies non-jackpot prizes by the number drawn, was 4x.
Along with the two lucky jackpot winners, 20 Mega Millions players were lucky enough to match all five white balls drawn Tuesday night, earning themselves $1 million second prizes.
It was not immediately clear early Wednesday morning in which states those 20 second-prize winning tickets were sold. None of those second-prize winners added the Megaplier option to their tickets, which would have multiplied their prizes to $4 million.
Nearly 650 Mega Millions tickets matched the Mega Ball Tuesday night, but missed one of the white balls drawn. 587 of those players will receive the regular $5,000 third prize. 44 others, who chose to add the Megaplier option to their tickets for an extra $1, will receive $20,000 prizes.
While only two winners are now mega millionaires, “Jackpot Fever” still paid off big for Mega Millions players nationwide Tuesday night. More than $74.3 million in prize money was won by almost 24 million winning tickets Tuesday night.
The next Mega Millions drawing, featuring the game’s $15 million starting jackpot, will be held Friday at 11 p.m. EST. That estimated $15 million annuity jackpot carries an $8 million cash value.