Will anyone win the Mega Millions jackpot on May 15, 2012? The lucky lottery winner who matches all six Mega Millions winning numbers Tuesday night will win $25,000,000, but it's anyone's guess at this time. It's certainly not the biggest jackpot in lottery history, but it's still a good chunk of change to have in your bank account!
If you end up being tonight's Mega Millions jackpot winner, you'll have a tough decision to make. Will you take the entire grand prize of $25,000,000 paid out over 26 annual payments, or a one-time cash payment of $18,000,000? Don't forget your lottery taxes! Whichever payment option you choose, you'll have to cough up 25 percent in federal taxes, and whatever your state imposes for state taxes. This could amount to roughly one-third of your prize winningsÂ—but who cares if the jackpot starts out at $25,000,000?
Maryland Mega Millions Winners Score $250,000
Can you believe there's still a few unclaimed Mega Millions tickets from March 30, 2012 floating around? A Maryland couple was surprised they had one of them. The 63-year-old Maryland Mega Millions winner was watching a show on television when he heard there were still three unclaimed tickets from the record-breaking drawing.
He figured he better pull his tickets out and check the lottery numbers when he realized one of those tickets was sold at Redner's Warehouse Market, located at 2126 N. Fountain Green Rd. in Bel Air, Maryland. Lo and behold, he matched five out of six Mega Millions winning numbers, but not the Mega Ball number for $250,000!
The gentleman told Maryland Lottery officials, "My wife was there and she said, 'why are you looking at me like that?' I told her, I think we matched five numbers." They were totally shocked with their newfound fortune! When asked what they planned to do with their money, they said, "Needless to say, it was a pleasant surprise." The Maryland Mega Millions winner plans to pay off debt and use some for healthcare costs. "We just feel very blessed," he said.
Latest Mega Millions Results
The most recent Mega Millions results for the Friday, May 11th drawing, were 3, 15, 29, 35, 54, and the Mega Ball number was 8. There were no Mega Millions jackpot winners for this drawing.
What Time is Tonight's Mega Millions Drawing?
Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing is at 11:00pm ET. The May 15, 2012 estimated jackpot is for $25,000,000 annuity, or $18,000,000 cash-value 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.
Make sure to check the comments section at the bottom of this page shortly after the drawing for Tuesday's Mega Millions results. The New York Lottery says, "Hey, You Never Know!"
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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