Feeling lucky? Friday's Mega Millions jackpot winner could be cashing a huge check real soon, but they'd have to match all six Mega Millions winning numbers in order to win the monstrous prize. Before the multimillion dollar lottery winner can even think about spending their prize winnings, they'd have to make a decision for either $89,000,000 paid out in 26 annual payments, or a one-time cash prize of $66,000,000.
The jackpot would be reduced even more after the winner forks over a good portion of it for federal and state taxes. Even after all the deductions, the winner would still end up with enough money to last a lifetime!
Make sure to check the comments section at the bottom of this page shortly after the drawing for the Friday, January 25, 2013 Mega Millions results.
California Mega Millions Ticket Worth More than $140,000
Congrats to one of the California Mega Millions winners from Tuesday night's drawing. There were actually two Match 5 + 0 winners for this drawing, each one winning $140,688. The lottery winner matched five out of six white Mega Millions winning numbers, but not the Mega Ball number for the second-tier prize.
According to the Press Enterprise, the California Mega Millions winner purchased the lucky ticket at Sierra Chevron Extra Mile, 10510 Sierra Ave, Fontana for the January 22 drawing. The standard prize amount for a Match 5 + 0 prize is normally $250,000, but in California, Mega Millions prize amounts are pari-mutuel, and may vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners. In this case, the California lottery winner will receive quite a bit less, around $140,688. The winning Mega Millions ticket remains unclaimed for the time being.
If you think you're holding this winning ticket, don't wait too long to claim your prize. California Lottery officials say Mega Millions tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the winning draw date, or your prize money could be forfeited. And whatever you do, don't forget to sign the back of your ticket!
Latest Mega Millions Numbers and Results
The most recent Mega Millions results for the January 22, 2013 drawing were 7, 11, 16, 39, 54, the Mega Ball number was 13, and the Megaplier number was X 3. There were no Mega Millions jackpot winners for this drawing.
What Time is Tonight's Mega Millions Drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing time is scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11 p.m. EST. Friday's jackpot amount is an estimated $89,000,000 annuity, or a lump sum cash option of $66,000,000 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.