With nearly three million Mega Millions winners in last night's drawing, there was bound to be some big prizes. The Mega Millions winning numbers for March 23, 2012, are 6, 17, 19, 20, 21, the Mega Ball number is 20, and the Megaplier number is X 4. Although there were no jackpot winners, some states did very well, while others had just one or two second prize winners and numerous smaller prizes. Were you one of the 2,879,006 lottery winners?
The next mega Millions drawing has a jackpot of $356,000,000 annuity, or $255,000,000 cash, so it's getting pretty darned close to the largest jackpot ever in the history of the gameÂ—but not quite! In comparison, the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won was $390,000,000 in March 2007, with a cash option of $233,000,000.
California Lottery Winners Rake in Big Bucks!
California lottery winners are still on fire! While no where near the twenty-one Match 5 + 0 winners the state had on Tuesday, March 20th, last night's drawing continued to prove that California Mega Millions winners are smokin' hot this month! The standard payout for the second-tier prize is $250,000, and seven CA lottery winners managed to match five out of six Mega Millions winning numbers, but not the Mega Ball number for the March 23rd drawing.
New York Lottery Winners Come in Second, Illinois Mega Millions Winners Third!
Second in line were New York Mega Millions winners with six second-tier prizes. Illinois Mega Millions winners take third place with five $250,000 prizes. According to CBS Chicago, these winning Mega Millions tickets were all sold in the Chicago area; Speedway, 1975 Stunkle Rd. in University Park, 7-Eleven, 515 Madison St. in Oak Park, Al's Pantry, 5561 County Farm Rd. in Hanover Park, and two $250,000 tickets were sold at the United Food Mart, 331 W, Howard St. in Evanston, Illinois. What are the odds that the last two Illinois Mega Millions winners were purchased by the same person? Could this be a repeat of the five $250,000 Michigan Mega Millions winners that were all purchased at the same store for the same March 20th drawing? That would be weird!
New Jersey Lottery winners came in with three. Two Match 5 + 0 winners purchased their lucky tickets from the lottery commissions in the states of Louisiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and one each in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington. If any of these winners purchased Megaplier tickets, they'll be thrilled to find out they're instant millionaires! If you believe you're one of the lucky Mega Millions winners, sign the back of your ticket immediately and put it in a safe place.
Please Play Responsibly
Remember, playing the lottery should be fun, but sometimes too much lottery fun can be addictive and could ruin lives. Please play responsibly, and don't spend more than you're willing to lose.
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