TONIGHT’S Powerball jackpot is worth an estimated $278million, and the numbers have been revealed.
The winning Powerball numbers for December 4, 2021 are 10, 40, 45, 56, and 67. The red Powerball is 02, with a 2x Powerplay.
Meanwhile, Friday night’s Mega Millions lottery winning numbers —for a jackpot worth $112million — are 22, 45, 48, 58, and 61.
The Mega Ball was 13 and the Megaplier was 5x.
Powerball lottery numbers are drawn on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 11pm ET.
Mega Millions numbers are drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11pm ET.
Please read our lottery live blog for the latest winning numbers and updates…
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOTTERY TICKETS AND SCRATCH-OFFS?
Scratch-off tickets provide instant gratification, as you can know within a matter of minutes of purchasing whether or not you’ve won a prize.
Lottery tickets have fixed drawings, so you will have to wait to see if you’ve won.
CAN I PURCHASE A MEGA MILLIONS TICKET IN ONE STATE AND REDEEM IT IN ANOTHER?
The simple answer is no.
Mega Millions is sold by individual lotteries, so winning tickets must be redeemed in the state they were purchased in.
However, lotteries usually have a claim-by-mail option for most prizes.
HOW MUCH MONEY GOES UNCLAIMED BY LOTTERY WINNERS?
In the 12-month period ending June 2017, nearly $3billion went unclaimed, according to lottery expert Brett Jacobson.
In 2017 alone, there were more than 160 unclaimed prizes worth $1million or more.
WHAT STATES HAD MEGA MILLIONS WINNERS IN 2021?
In 2021 so far, six Mega Millions jackpots have been won across the US.
The most recent was in Arizona. One was in Illinois, another was in Pennsylvania, one was in Michigan, and two were in New York.
WHAT IS THE MEGA MILLIONS ‘EASY PICK’ FUNCTION?
The Mega Millions website offers a random number generator “Easy Pick” option.
Using that option, the site chooses the numbers for you.
HOW MUCH DOES MEGA MILLIONS COST?
Mega Millions tickets cost $2 and are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands.
A world record jackpot of $1.537billion was hit in October of 2018 by one ticket sold in South Carolina.
HOW DOES MEGA MILLIONS WORK, CONTINUED
In total, there are nine ways to win one of the Mega Millions’ prizes.
At minimum, matching your number to the gold Mega Ball will win you $2.00.
In six of the nine ways to win a prize, matching your number to the gold Mega Ball is necessary.
HOW DOES MEGA MILLIONS WORK?
According to the Mega Millions website, for $2.00, players can pick six numbers.
Five numbers come from the first pool, between 1 and 70.
The last number, between 1 and 25, is the gold Mega Ball.
To win the jackpot, you must match all six numbers.
CAN I PLAY THE LOTTERY ONLINE?
In some states, there are ways to purchase subscriptions to some lottery games.
There have also been a number of lottery retailer apps that have launched in recent years, providing a safe alternative to purchasing lottery tickets in person.
Check your state’s guidelines to learn more about purchasing lottery tickets online.
AMERICANS SPEND A LOT ON THE LOTTERY
It has been reported that Americans spend more money on lottery tickets than they do on video games, movies, music, sports teams, and music combined.
Per year, Americans spend over $70billion on lottery tickets, according to The Atlantic.
AM I MORE LIKELY TO WIN POWERBALL OR MEGA MILLIONS?
The odds of winning the Powerball are one in 292million.
The chances of winning Mega Millions are a bit lower: one in 302.6 million.
EXPERT WEIGHS IN ON LOTTERY SECRET, CONTINUED
However, Fottrell did did add that they should look into leaving money to charity.
“Enjoy your good fortune, and your privacy, as long as it lasts. Once the latter is gone, no amount of money will get it back,” Fottrell wrote.
EXPERT WEIGHS IN ON LOTTERY SECRET
Financial advice columnist Quentin Fottrell agreed with a writer’s decision to conceal their winnings from those close to them.
He said: “I see nothing wrong with living your life the way you want to live it, and resisting the urge to share the news with anyone, even and especially your family.”
DOES EVERY STATE IN THE US HAVE A LOTTERY?
Six states in the US do not have state lotteries.
They also do not sell Mega Millions or Powerball tickets.
Those states are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah.
WHEN DO I HAVE TO TELL THE IRS ABOUT MY LOTTERY WINNINGS?
The state you won your prize in will be required to notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if you won over $600.
REMEMBER: YOUR WINNINGS CAN AND WILL BE TAXED
The IRS can take up to 40 percent of lottery winnings.
The winnings can be further taxed, depending on the state the winner is in.
LOTTERIES AND THE GOVERNMENT
State-run lotteries benefit several government programs, including education, construction projects, tax relief, and health care.
In the Middle Ages, lotteries were used to raise money for public use, and it was considered a painless form of taxation.
MAINTAINING ANONYMITY, CONTINUED
Buying a lottery ticket in a state that does not require winners to come forward is another effective way to conceal your identity.
Deleting social media accounts, changing phone numbers, and changing addresses can also be an alternative to remaining anonymous.
CAN YOU REMAIN ANONYMOUS AFTER WINNING THE LOTTERY?
There are several ways to remain anonymous to claim a lottery prize.
One way is to not tell anyone you scored the jackpot or not change much of your lifestyle to avoid having your identity revealed if you won the lottery.
Several winners later revealed that winning the lottery destroyed their lives.
Andrew “Jack” Whittaker won the $315million Powerball jackpot in 2002. He was then both robbed and sued, and his daughter and granddaughter died.
Billie Bob Harrell, Jr. committed suicide 20 months after winning the lottery in 1997, following the separation from his wife and being defrauded.
Both men expressed that they wished they had never won the lottery.
WINNING THE LOTTERY DOES NOT CURE DEPRESSION
A research study found that while winning a few million dollars does uplift moods, the happiness is generally short lived.
The researchers wrote:
“Eventually, the thrill of winning the lottery will itself wear off. If all things are judged by the extent to which they depart from a baseline of past experience, gradually even the most positive events will cease to have an impact as they themselves are absorbed into the new baseline against which further events are judged.”
WHAT IS LOTTO AMERICA, CONTINUED
“Choose your numbers on a play slip or let the lottery terminal randomly pick your numbers,” the Powerball website continues.
“Players win the Grand Prize or one of 8 set cash prizes by matching one of the 9 ways to win.”
WHAT IS LOTTO AMERICA?
Lotto America is a feature of the Powerball that costs an additional $1 to play.
Players must “select five numbers from 1 to 52 for the red balls, then select one number from 1 to 10 for the Lotto America Star Ball.
ARIZONA ADDS THIRD POWERBALL DRAWING
The Arizona lottery has added in a third drawing every week.
The additional drawings, which take place on Mondays, will run according to the regular schedule.
Arizona Lottery Executive Director Gregg Edgar told ABC-15: “Our Powerball players love to pursue that jackpot and this going to give more opportunities for that jackpot to grow faster and larger.”
WHAT IF MORE THAN ONE PERSON WINS POWERBALL?
If more than one person hits a Powerball jackpot, the prize will be equally divided among the winners.
All other prizes, from $1million down to $4, are fixed prize amounts in most states and will be paid in full to the winners.
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