ONE lucky person could take home an impressive jackpot if they win big in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions lotto.
March 29’s Mega Millions winning numbers are: 7, 22, 45, 47, and 36 with Powerball 12 and Megaplier 2x.
It comes after Monday’s Powerball lottery which had a staggering $195million as the top prize, or $123.4million as the cash option.
The winning Powerball numbers for Monday, March 28 were 11, 18, 39, 58, and 62, with a Powerball of 3 and the Power Play was 2X.
Powerball drawings take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 11pm ET.
Mega Millions draws take place every Tuesday and Friday at 11pm ET.
Read our lottery live blog for the latest results and winning numbers…
Reality after a lottery win
Reader’s Digest revealed that despite winning the lottery being life-changing and miraculous, about 70 percent of lottery winners either lose or spend all of their prize money in less than five years, regardless of the prize amount.
Many winners advise others to be careful about their money and spend accordingly.
Building generational wealth
Back when the couple claimed the prize, it was the second-largest jackpot to be claimed in the US.
ABC News reported that instead of buying luxury goods or throwing their money away, the couple carefully planned for their winnings and built generational wealth for their family.
How Powerball and Multipliers work
The Powerball website explains: “The Powerball jackpot grows until it is won. Players select five numbers from 1 to 69; and one Powerball number from 1 to 26.”
“Players can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times with the Power Play® option for an additional $1 per play.”
Can non-US citizens play Powerball?
According to Powerball’s website, the lottery is also open to non-US citizens.
Residents of states where Powerball is not offered can purchase a ticket in a state where it is available.
Is there a lottery age requirement?
People must be 18 or older in order to buy lottery tickets in just about every state in the United States.
Nine ways to win Powerball
There are nine ways to win a prize in Powerball.
All prizes are set cash amounts, except the Grand Prize.
In California, prize payout amounts are pari-mutuel (a betting system where all bets of a particular type are placed together in a pool) and determined by sales and the number of winners.
How to play Mega Millions
You win the Mega Millions jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.
Players pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers – five different numbers from 1 to 70 (the white balls) and one number from 1 to 25 (the gold Mega Ball) – or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick.
The nine ways to win a prize in Mega Millions are listed on the lottery website.
Prizes range from the jackpot down to $2.
Resigning after winning the lottery
A 2009 study of Swedish lottery winners revealed that 62 percent of lottery winners chose to stay at their regular jobs, while only 12 percent of winners left their careers.
A National Opinion Research Center poll from 2016 also revealed that 70 percent of winners would still work, despite having won a whopping prize.
Tips to avoid being scammed, part three
Finally, be wary that someone may be using the lottery’s name without permission or the lottery’s knowledge.
- Never give out personal information or send money unless you verify the company’s or solicitor’s legitimacy.
- If someone offers to wire “winnings” directly to your bank account, do not give them your bank account information.
- If you are told you can “verify” a prize by calling a certain number, that number may be part of the scam. Instead of calling, 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. If you engage, your name and contact information could end up on a list shared with other scammers.
March 29’s winning numbers
Tonight’s Mega Millions winning numbers are: 7, 22, 45, 47, 36 with Powerball 12 and Megaplier 2x.
Tips to avoid being scammed, part two
The lottery went on to say if you have caller-ID, check the area code when someone calls to tell you you’ve won.
If the call is from a foreign country, that is a red flag, among others:
- Some con artists use technology to disguise their area code so even if it looks like they’re calling from your state, they could be anywhere.
- Be suspicious if an e-mail contains misspellings or poor grammar, or if the person on the phone uses poor English.
- 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 to collect a prize they already won. If you are asked to pay any kind of fee to collect your winnings, you haven’t won.
Tips to avoid being scammed
The lottery provides a series of pointers that aim to help players avoid getting scammed.
- If someone says you won a lottery that you have never played, be suspicious. You can’t win a legitimate lottery if you didn’t buy a ticket.
- If you are in a jurisdiction that is outside the market area of the lottery or game mentioned as the source of the “prize,” then it is a scam.
- Real lotteries do not hold “international” sweepstakes, contests or awards for people who live outside their market area. Mega Millions, for example, is played only in the United States.
Reporting lottery scams, continued
The Federal Trade Commission has more information on fake lottery and other scams on the Federal Trade Commission’s website.
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.
Reporting 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.
Mega Millions jackpot wins
There have been 200 jackpots won by 225 separate tickets since the game began in 2002, according to the Mega Millions website.
Twenty jackpots have been shared by two or more winning tickets.
Mega Millions has given away 24 jackpots of over $300million, including the $1.537billion prize won in South Carolina on October 23, 2018.
When was the first Mega Millions drawing?
The first Mega Millions drawing resulted in a jackpot winner, according to the Mega Millions website.
On May 17, 2002, a $28million winning ticket was purchased in Illinois.
One week later, a second jackpot winner was announced, making it two jackpot winners in the first three Mega Millions draws.
Jackpot prize options
Jackpot winners can choose to claim their lottery prize as an annuity or a lump-sum payment.
With the annuity option, winners are guaranteed to receive 30 graduated payments over 29 years.
The annual payments go up by 5 percent each year until the 30th and final payment, with all 30 payments adding up to the value of the annuity.
Mega Millions protocols take more time than drawing
This is because of the security measures that take place.
The behind-the-scenes process of Mega Millions drawings takes an estimated three hours.
However, the actual drawing, which is televised, takes less than 60 seconds.
Mega Millions revenue
Approximately 60 percent of Mega Millions sales are returned to players as rewards, according to CBS News.
The balance is shared among retailers, marketing, and operations, as well as the 46 jurisdictions that offer the game.
The revenues of various lotteries are used in various ways.
What are the odds of winning the lottery?
Lottery winners make the news frequently, but they aren’t as common as you may expect.
The chances of winning are around 1 in 175million, according to statistics cited by CreditDonkey.
Where is Lotto America available?
Lotto America is available in Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
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.
“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.”
Big payouts for second prize, continued
A huge second-prize payout can happen if the player has purchased the optional Megaplier.
Since October 19, 2013, the website says “there have 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.”
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.
Gambling addiction resources
The Powerball website provides information and resources about the dangers of gambling addiction.
“For some people gambling can become a problem. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, there are a number of helpful resources listed below,” it reads.
National Council on Problem Gambling
24 Hour Confidential National Helpline
Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators
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