March 26, 2014 – It’s been just one week since a $414 million Mega Millions jackpot was split by two winners and already there is another jackpot winner out there. One ticket sold in New York matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday to win an estimated $20 million jackpot.
The six winning Mega Millions numbers Tuesday were 19, 26, 51, 57, 73 and the Mega Ball was 15. Tuesday’s Megaplier was 3x, so players who added the optional multiplier to their ticket and won a prize will receive three times the normal prize value.
The New York Lottery has not yet announced where the jackpot-winning ticket was sold. When the big winner comes forward to claim their prize, they’ll have a choice between the $20 million annuity prize or an $11 million lump-sum cash prize, before taxes.
The big jackpot winner was the only Mega Millions player on Tuesday who matched all five white numbers drawn. Though players won more than $2 million in non-jackpot prizes Tuesday night, nobody became a new millionaire with the game’s second prize.
Sixteen players did manage to match five of the six winning numbers – four white numbers and the Mega Ball – to win $5,000 third prizes.
None of those third-prize winners added the Megaplier option to their tickets, which would have multiplied their third prizes to $15,000.
There were a total of about 1.2 million winners Tuesday night who won about $2,481,000 in non-jackpot prizes. Just over 141,000 winning tickets had the Megaplier option added; Megaplier winners won about $680,000 Tuesday.
Another jackpot win means another reset for Mega Millions’ top prize. Friday night’s drawing will feature an annuity jackpot worth $15 million, with a cash value of $8 million.
For a state-by-state list of how late you can buy Mega Millions tickets before Friday’s draw, check out this post.