A POWERBALL jackpot of an estimated $50million could be won in Wednesday night’s drawing.
Meanwhile, the huge Mega Millions October 12, 2021 drawing — worth an estimated $73million — has been revealed.
Tuesday’s Mega Million winning numbers were: 21, 26, 56, 61, and 65, according to the Mega Millions website. The Gold Mega Ball was 4 and the Megaplier was 3X.
Mega Millions drawings occur every Tuesday and Friday at 11pm ET.
Monday’s winning Powerball numbers were 11, 20, 33, 39, and 65. The Powerball number was 24 and the PowerPlay was 3x.
Powerball numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 11pm EST.
Read our lottery results live blog for the latest news and updates...
NEBRASKA LOTTERY RULES
Nebraska does not have a state lottery, but allows cities and counties to run lotteries, according to one survey.
The minimum age to buy a lottery ticket in Nebraska is 19, and the minimum age to buy charity lotteries and raffles in the state is 18.
FIRST MEGA MILLIONS DRAWING FOUND A WINNER
The first-ever Mega Millions drawing was held May 17, 2002–and yes, someone walked away with that jackpot.
According to the Mega Millions website, the first-ever drawing ended with a $28million winning ticket in Illinois.
One week later, in the third Mega Millions drawing, the second-ever jackpot was awarded.
TEXAS LOTTERY CONTRIBUTES BILLIONS TO SCHOOL FUND
The Texas Lottery provides many different games for lottery players including Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto Texas, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step, Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five, and scratch ticket games.
NORTH TEXAS MAN WINS STATE LOTTERY
A man from Arlington, Texas won a $1 million lottery prize this week, according to the Texas Lottery and WFAA.
The win came from the Texas Lottery scratch ticket game Million Dollar Loteria.
The winner chose to remain anonymous.
According to the Mega Millions website, “A lucky ticket holder in New York won the big Mega Millions jackpot” in September.
“A single ticket sold in that state matched all six numbers drawn September 21 – the white balls 36, 41, 45, 51 and 56, plus the gold Mega Ball 13 – to win the estimated prize of $432 million ($315 million cash).”
DID YOU KNOW? MEGA MILLIONS HAS BIG PAYOUTS FOR SECOND PRIZE, PART TWO
This huge second-prize payout can happen if the player has purchased the optional Megaplier.
Since October 19, 2013, the website says “there has been 1,140 Match 5 winning tickets worth $1 million or more, and they have been won in almost every jurisdiction in which the game is sold.”
DID YOU KNOW? MEGA MILLIONS HAS BIG PAYOUTS FOR SECOND PRIZE
Mega Millions winners take home huge jackpots, but so can runner-ups.
According to the Mega Millions website, it’s the only lottery drawing where the second prize can be as much as $5million.
SOUTH CAROLINA MAN WON LOTTERY TWICE IN 11 DAYS
A winner from Grand Strand, South Carolina, won a $40,000 prize and then a $3million one, both within 11 days.
He bought both Mega Millions Quick Pick tickets on July 16 and on July 27 from a Murphy USA gas station in Myrtle Beach, the South Carolina Education Lottery said.
The winner, who is unnamed, said: “I couldn’t believe it.”
“My family was shocked when I broke the news.”
In both cases, he missed the jackpot by just one number.
HOW TO WATCH POWERBALL DRAWINGS
If you want to tune in to Powerball drawings, they are livestreamed from Powerball.com.
Some local TV stations are also scheduled to broadcast it.
HOW TO REPORT LOTTERY SCAMS, CONTINUED
The Federal Trade Commission has more information on fake lottery and other scams at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0086-international-lottery-scams.
To file a complaint or get free information call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
If you have been the victim of a scam, you should contact your local police or sheriff’s office, or your state police.
HOW TO REPORT LOTTERY SCAMS
If you are told that you can “verify” the prize by calling a certain number, that number may be part of a lottery scam.
Instead of calling it, you should look up the name of the lottery or organization on your own to find out its real contact information.
If you think someone on the phone is trying to scam you, hang up immediately because if you engage them in conversation, your name and contact information could end up on a list that’s shared with other scammers.
WHAT IS LOTTO AMERICA?
Lotto America is part of the Powerball lottery.
The website describes the game by saying, “Lotto America costs $1 per play.
“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®.
“Choose your numbers on a play slip or let the lottery terminal randomly pick your numbers.
“Players win the Grand Prize or one of 8 set cash prizes by matching one of the 9 ways to win.”
CAN YOU REMAIN ANONYMOUS AFTER WINNING THE LOTTERY?
After getting lucky and winning the lottery, winners are plagued with the task of coming forward and revealing their identities.
Winners can sometimes remain anonymous, depending on the state they live in.
Only 11 states allow lottery winners to maintain their anonymity: Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas.
Six states also allow people to form a trust to claim prize money anonymously.
HOW TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AFTER WINNING THE LOTTERY, CONTINUED
Another 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.
Deleting social media accounts, changing phone numbers, and changing addresses can also be an alternative to remaining anonymous.
HOW TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AFTER WINNING THE LOTTERY
There are several ways to remain anonymous to claim a lottery prize.
Buying a lottery ticket in a state that does not require winners to come forward is one effective way to conceal your identity.
If you win Powerball, you can chose an annuity or a lump-sum payment.
A winner that choose an annuity is guaranteed the 30 graduated payments over the course of 29 years.
“The annual payments increase by 5percent until the 30th and final payment,” Powerball’s website explains. “The 30 payments added up equal the value of the annuity.”
CAN NON-US CITIZENS PLAY THE LOTTERY?
According to Powerball’s website, the lottery is open to non-US citizens.
Residents of states in which Powerball is not offered are also open to purchase a ticket in a state where it is available.
“Federal and jurisdictional income taxes may apply to any claimed prize money,” the site adds.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT AGE REQUIREMENTS IN DIFFERENT STATES?
Some states have different laws regarding the legal age to play.
In Arizona, for example, it is a misdemeanor to sell a lottery ticket to anyone under 18, but it is not against the law to give the minor a lottery ticket as a present.
The state Constitution in Nevada prohibits all lotteries, except charity raffles.
LOTTERY AGE LIMIT
People must be 18 or older in order to buy lottery tickets in just about every state in the United States.
HOW TALL IS $40MILLION?
Powerball’s website states: “A Powerball jackpot of $40 million may not seem like much, but ask yourself this – is $40 million really a small amount of money? Is the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC a small building?”
“If you were to stack $100 bills, take a look at the heights the money would reach at each estimated jackpot amount.”
FIRST MONDAY DRAWING
Powerball recently announced that they would add a third weekly drawing to the game on Monday nights.
The first Monday drawing took place on Monday, August 23.
WHAT PERCENTAGE GOES TO CHARITY?
Powerball advertises that it donates a percentage of each jackpot to charity.
Half of the price of a ticket goes towards the prize and 35percent goes towards charity, while the rest funds the game’s operation.
WHEN DID POWERBALL LAUNCH?
Powerball launched in America in 1992.
It set a world record jackpot of $1.586billion in January 2016.
The record prize was shared by winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee.
WHEN DO MEGA MILLIONS DRAWINGS TAKE PLACE?
Mega Millions drawings occur every Tuesday and Friday night.
The numbers are chosen around 11pm ET.
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