Feeling lucky tonight? In order to take home Tuesday's huge prize, the $19,000,000 jackpot winner must match all six Mega Millions winning numbers on one ticket in the February 5, 2013 drawing. Matching five white lottery numbers will get you a prize of $250,000, or maybe even $1,000,000 if you purchase the Megaplier option. There are plenty of other prize amounts available for various winning lottery number combinations. Unfortunately, all prizes are before state and federal taxes. How many lottery tickets did you buy for tonight's drawing? Remember, you can't win, if you don't play!
Make sure to check the comments section at the bottom of this page shortly after the drawing for the Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Mega Millions results.
North Carolina Mega Millions Winner Claims $1M Ticket
Robert Cockrell of Dana, North Carolina, is a very happy lottery winner. On Monday, February 4, he claimed a $1,000,000 prize. The North Carolina lottery winner usually plays a series of birth dates for his Megaplier tickets, and this time his strategy paid off. Cockrell matched five out of six Mega Millions winning numbers, but not the Mega Ball number for the second-tier prize in the January 29 drawing. The prize amount for this size win normally pays out $250,000, but Cockrell spent an extra dollar on a Megaplier ticket which automatically increased his prize winnings to $1,000,000.
The North Carolina Mega Millions winner says he was at home when he realized he won the huge prize. Interestingly, he thought he'd only won the standard $250,000 prize. Cockrell told North Carolina Lottery officials, "I always say that you can't win unless you get the first number. When the first number came up, I said 'Got that one.' Then I said it four more times. I thought we had won $250,000, but then we found out it was a million dollars when we checked the website. I know we watched the drawing three more times after that, thinking it couldn't be real. This is all so exciting."
Cockrell isn't the only lucky winner. The winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at Dana Food Center on Dana Road in Dana, North Carolina, and will also get a bonus. He says he plans to pay off his mortgage and help his family with his after-tax amount of $680,000.
Latest Mega Millions Numbers and Results
The most recent Mega Millions results for the February 1, 2013 drawing were 1, 30, 32, 40, 41, the Mega Ball number was 17, 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 Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11 p.m. EST. Tuesday's jackpot amount is an estimated $19,000,000 annuity, or a one-time cash option of $14,000,000 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.
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.
See all Donna's Mega Millions results and current Powerball winning numbers at Gather.com.