Results for Wednesday, 18 September 2019
|5 Numbers + Megaball||0 x||€174,171,776.91|
|5 Numbers||1 x||€907,144.67|
|4 Numbers + Megaball||18 x||€9,071.45|
|4 Numbers||370 x||€453.57|
|3 Numbers + Megaball||942 x||€181.43|
|3 Numbers||23.882 x||€9.07|
|2 Numbers + Megaball||20.567 x||€9.07|
|1 Number + Megaball||158.434 x||€3.63|
Next draw on Saturday, 21 September 2019
About the Mega Millions Lottery
Interested in playing the lottery but not sure how it works? With so many different lotteries available today, it’s hard to choose particularly if you don’t know what’s out there and what they’re all about. Mega Millions offers the opportunity to win millions of dollars and only costs $1 to play. Below is an overview of Mega Millions with everything you need to know.
How to play Mega Millions
You have to pick six numbers. You can pick the numbers yourself, or you can choose Easy Pick, which is when the computer randomly picks the numbers for you. The six numbers are picked from two different pools of numbers. You pick five numbers from one to 75 and another number from one to 15.
If all six of your numbers match the numbers that are drawn, you win the jackpot. Once you’ve made your picks, the lottery machine will generate a ticket that shows five numbers on one side and one number to the right of the five numbers.
Mega Millions tickets can be purchased in many grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores and retail stores. Some states also allow residents to purchase the tickets online.
How Much Can You Win?
The jackpot starts at $15 million and increases by the amount of sales from all the states involved. The jackpot continues to grow by at least $5 million per draw. It often grows by more than $5 when it’s allowed to grow for several weeks because of the high amount of sales large jackpots generate.
If you match all six numbers and win the jackpot, you have the choice of how to collect the winnings.
- Annuity option – With the annuity option, the money is paid out over 29 years. The first payment you get right away with the remaining paid out annually for the next 29 years. Each payment is five percent larger than the previous one.
- Cash option – With the cash option, you get one lump-sum payment that’s equal to the total cash that’s in the jackpot pool. It’s often less than the advertised jackpot. It’s equal to the amount that the lottery department would have invested for the annuity.
Federal and applicable state taxes are taken out of the winnings regardless of whether you choose the cash or the annuity option. However, taxes come out annually with the annuity option as opposed to all at once with the cash option. The lottery department may not take out all the taxes, so winners may be required to pay more taxes when they file their income taxes.
When does the draw take place?
The numbers are drawn every Tuesday and Friday evening at 10 p.m. central time; 11 p.m. eastern time; 9 p.m. mountain time and 8 p.m. pacific time. Although it may vary by state, you can typically purchase a ticket up until about 15 minutes before the draw. Currently, Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.
What are the chances of winning?
Although you have to match all six numbers to win the jackpot, Mega Millions offers the opportunity to win other cash prizes by matching other numbers. Below are the different amounts you can win, ways you can win and your odds of winning that prize.
- Jackpot – You win the jackpot by matching all six numbers. You have a one in 258,890,850 chance of winning this.
- $1,000,000 – You can win this by matching 5 numbers from the first group and 0 in the second group. Your chances of winning this are one in 18.492,204.
- $5,000 – You win this by matching 4 numbers in the first group and 1 in the second group. Your odds of winning this are one in 739,688.
- $500 – You win this by matching 4 numbers in the first group and 0 in the second group. Your odds of winning are one in 52,538.
- $50 – You win this by matching 3 numbers in the first group and 1 in the second group. Your odds of winning are one in 10,720.
- $5 – You win this by matching 3 numbers in the first group and 0 in the second or matching 2 in the first group and 1 in the second group. Your odds of winning this are one in 766 and one in 473, respectively.
- $2 – You win this by matching one number in each group. Your odds are one in 56.
- $1 – You win this if you match the number in the second group. Your odds of winning this are one in 21.
The overall odds are winning any of the lotter prizes is 1 in 14.7
Most of the 44 states offer the Megaplier option for all prizes other than the jackpot. The Megaplier increases the prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times depending on what the Megaplier number happens to be on your ticket. For instance, if you win the $1,000,000 prize and the Megaplier for that drawing was 4, your winnings will be $4,000,000. If you won $50, and the Megaplier was 5, you win $250. The Megaplier option costs an additional $1 to play.
How and where to collect winnings?
Winning tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the draw date, although it may vary from state to state. If you win less than $600, you can usually collect the money from the store where you purchased the ticket. Tickets for prize amounts higher than $600 must be claimed either through the mail or in person at your state’s lotter office.
Winners of the jackpot or large amounts claim their winnings and validate their ticket at the lottery office where they also provide proof of identification. There is a waiting period from the time of the draw to when the money is actually paid out. This period, usually at least 15 days, allows all the states to collect the money.
Mega Millions winning tickets must be claimed in the state in which the ticket was purchased. If you live in one state but purchase a winning ticket while on vacation in another state, you’ll have to return to that state to claim the ticket and collect your winnings.