THE winning numbers for Friday night’s Mega Millions lottery have been revealed — and could make someone mega-rich instantly, with a huge jackpot on offer.
Mega Millions’ website revealed the numbers to be 3, 20, 31, 34, and 65.
The gold Mega ball is 18 and the Megaplier is 3x.
The top prize in Mega Millions October 15 drawing is a staggering $84million, with players needing to correctly guess all five numbers and the golden Mega Ball to win.
Mega Millions drawings occur every Tuesday and Friday at 11pm ET.
The big draw comes ahead of Saturday night’s Powerball lottery, where a further $60million could be won.
Powerball numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 11pm EST.
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NO GUARANTEE OF JACKPOT
There is no guarantee that a jackpot will be awarded for every lottery drawing – it grows until it is won.
Other smaller cash prizes are also included.
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.”
DOES MY STATE PLAY THE POWERBALL?
The following states do not play the Powerball:
TIPS TO AVOID BEING SCAMMED, CONTINUED
* Never give out personal information or send money unless you verify the company’s or solicitor’s legitimacy.
* If they offer to wire the “winnings” directly into your bank account, do not give them your bank account information.
MEGA MILLIONS WINNING NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER 15, 2021
Mega Millions revealed Friday night’s winning numbers to be 3, 20, 31, 34, and 65.
The gold Mega ball is 18 and the Megaplier is 3x.
TIPS TO AVOID BEING SCAMMED
* If you are told that you need to keep your “win” confidential, be suspicious.
* No real lottery tells winners to put up their own money in order to collect a prize they have already won. If you are asked to pay any kind of fee to collect your winnings, you haven’t won.
* Just because a real lottery is mentioned does not necessarily make it a real prize. Someone may be using the lottery’s name without its permission or knowledge.
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.
WHAT IS LOTTO AMERICA, CONTINUED
“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.”
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®.
WHO WAS THE BIGGEST LOTTERY WINNER OF ALL TIME?
In 2013, Gloria C. Mackenzie won a $590million Powerball jackpot.
According to Jacksonville.com, the 84-year-old took home about $278million after taxes.
The Zephyrhills, Florida resident remains the largest individual lottery winner of all time.
ANNUITY OR LUMP SUM?
If you win Powerball, you can choose an annuity or a lump-sum payment.
A winner that chooses an annuity is guaranteed 30 gradual 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.”
HOW LONG DOES THE POWERBALL JACKPOT GROW?
It might seem like the Powerball jackpot grows infinitely, but there’s a very clear limit to what players can win in the lotto game.
“The Powerball jackpot grows until it is won,” the Powerball website notes.
LOTTO GONE WRONG
Denise Rossi won the California lottery in 1997. She immediately filed for divorce from her husband.
He took her to court two years after finding out she won $1.3million, and the judge awarded him all of what he sued for.
He sued her for not disclosing her winnings in the divorce.
CAN MY NUMBERS BE PICKED FOR ME?
The MegaMillions website offers a random number generator “Easy Pick” option.
Using that option, the site chooses the numbers for you.
HOW TO PLAY LOTTO ONLINE
New Yorkers can play the Mega Millions remotely. You can virtually select your numbers and pay for a ticket by visiting ny.thelotter.us.
New Yorkers can also enjoy these lottery games online:
- Mega Millions
- New York Lotto
- Take 5
- Pick 10
- Win 4
WHERE ARE POWERBALL DRAWINGS FILMED?
Powerball drawings are filmed every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee using mechanical machines and ball sets.
LOTTERY SECRET: EXPERT WEIGHS IN, CONTINUED
However, Fottrell did add that the winner 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,” wrote Fottrell.
LOTTERY SECRET: EXPERT WEIGHS IN
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.”
OCTOBER 5TH JACKPOT WINNER
According to the Mega Millions website, “A lucky ticket holder in New York won the big Mega Millions jackpot last week!
“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).”
NEBRASKA LOTTERY RULES
For instance, 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.
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.
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.”
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.
SHOULD WINNERS GET FINANCIAL ADVICE?
It is strongly recommended on the Mega Millions website that winners of small prizes seek professional financial advice.
“The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants offers a variety of financial planning tools and can help find a personal financial specialist.”
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.
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