The question on everyone's minds tonight is "Did anyone win the Mega Millions lottery?" The March 30, 2012 Mega Millions winning numbers are 2, 4, 23, 38, 46, the Mega Ball number is 23, and the Megaplier number is X 3, and although many California lottery winners had a chance at the grand prize, there was at least one Mega Millions jackpot winner, and that someone was from Maryland.
California Mega Millions Lottery Winners
California was well represented though! According to CNN.com, twenty-nine (29) Match 5 + 0 California lottery winners won what many state lotteries would normally pay $250,000 for this size prize. The California Lottery pays on a different payout formula. The official CA Lottery website claims, "The jackpot prize for MEGA Millions is the same for all the states. However, in California all other prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning payouts are based on sales and the number of winners."
For example, the 12 California Mega Millions winnersÂ—all co-workers from Stefano's Pizza in Marin County, CaliforniaÂ—recently matched five out of six Mega Millions winning numbers for the second-tier prize. But the good news for them was that their prize winnings were $308,573, and not the standard $250,000 because it was based on sales and the number of winners.
California Lottery Commission spokesman Alex Traverso said 29 tickets sold in that state matched five of the six winning numbers. He said the payout will be about $125,000 to $130,000.
Since this is the last Mega Millions drawing for the month of March 2012, the total number of Match 5 + 0 California Mega Millions winners may have broken a state record. Believe it or not, there have been sixty-nine (69) second-tier California Mega Millions lottery winners this month! Were you one of them?
When is the Next Mega Millions Drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing is April 3, 2012 at 11:00pm EDT. Tuesday's estimated jackpot is back down to $12,000,000 before taxes. Mega Millions winning numbers are drawn Tuesday and Friday evenings at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are sold in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The final Mega Millions results are usually available within a few hours of the drawing.
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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