The Megamillions jackpot on Tuesday (last) night was $82 million, but did anyone win? The winning numbers on October 22, 2019, were 5, 11, 14, 23, and 25, and the Mega Ball was 10.
Nobody won the jackpot last night, which means that the jackpot on Friday, October 25, is an estimated $93 million with a cash option of $63.3 million.
However, two people matched five balls which carries a prize of $1 million. One of these players had the Megaplier which was X4, meaning they won a prize of $4 million. The $1 million ticket was bought in New York and the $4 million ticket was bought in Florida.
Twenty-three people matched four balls and the Mega Ball and won $10,000. Eight of these winners had the Megaplier, meaning they won $40,000 each.
How to play Mega Millions? What are the odds of winning the lottery?
Mega Millions is played in 44 states and D.C. but is unavailable in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah.
Players must purchase a ticket with each play costing $2. Players then pick five numbers from 1 to 70 for the white balls and one number from 1 to 25 for the Mega Ball. Alternatively, players can select random numbers with the Easy/Quick Play.
In some states, players can play "Just the Jackpot" for $3 which includes two entries just for the jackpot prize. The Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m.
To win the jackpot, you must match all six balls. There are nine ways to win a prize with Megamillions, from $2 to the jackpot. The jackpot starts at $40 million but if nobody wins, the jackpot is increased by at least $5 million for the next drawing.
What happens if you win the lottery?
If you win the jackpot, you can claim the prize as an annuity, which means you will receive a lump sum followed by annual payments which will increase by 5 percent each year. After 30 years, you will have received the entire jackpot amount.
Alternatively, the jackpot winner can opt for the cash option, which is of lesser value than the entire jackpot but the winner will receive the whole amount in one payment. The one-time payment is equal to the cash amount in the jackpot pool.
How to claim your prize varies by state, but California's Lottery Winner Handbook outlines the procedure to follow if you discover your numbers have come up. For prizes over $600, winners must visit a lottery district office or mail the winning ticket and a claim from to the district office.
Prizes must be claimed within 180 days and jackpot prizes must be claimed within one year of the draw.