Lottery winning numbers LIVE – 11/26/2021 Mega Millions jackpot of $94M to be drawn TONIGHT before 11/27/21 Powerball

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THREE New Yorkers are splitting $8.3million in lotto earnings as the three of them all got the winning numbers in Wednesday night’s draw: 05, 10, 14, 20, 23, 28.

Each of them will receive $2.76million before taxes according to the New York Lottery.

It’s unknown if the tickets were bought together by the same group or if it was a strange coincidence. 

The odds of getting just one winning lotto ticket are 1 in more than 45million but 2021 has been a great year for lotto players in New York.

A Mega Millions lottery ticket was bought back in September in a Manhattan pizza shop worth a whopping $432million.

It was claimed this month but two anonymous players—one from Manhattan and the other from Hillsborough, New Jersey.

Mega Millions holds drawings on Tuesday and Friday nights at 11pm ET.

Powerball lottery numbers are drawn on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 11pm ET.

Please read our lottery live blog for the latest winning numbers and updates…

  • WHAT HAPPENS TO UNCLAIMED LOTTERY PRIZES?

    According to the Powerball website, “Unclaimed prizes are kept by the lottery jurisdiction.”

    That means the money is generally returned to the states selling tickets for that game. Each state has its own set of rules from there, determining what actually happens to the money.

    In some cases, it gets returned to the players.

  • 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.

  • WHY DO LOTTERY PRIZES GO UNCLAIMED?

    There are a few reasons why lottery prizes go unclaimed.

    Tickets get lost or discarded when a jackpot prize isn’t won.

    Smaller, but still noteworthy prizes are often overlooked, and people miss out on the opportunity to cash in their ticket when they see they’ve not become a big jackpot winner.

  • MOST WINNERS LOSE FRIENDS

    It has been reported that 90 percent of lottery winners lose friends.

    Some winners have even reported being exploited by their friends.

  • IS THERE A LOTTERY AGE RESTRICTION?

    People must be 18 or older in order to buy lottery tickets in just about every state in the United States.

  • FREQUENT WINNERS NOT INVESTIGATED BY PA LOTTERY

    The Pennsylvania auditor announced on November 15 that the state’s lottery does not investigate frequent winners who may be involved in illegal activity.

    “We found the lottery has security measures designed to prevent illegal or fraudulent activities from retailers selling lottery products, but not from anyone else who plays the lottery,” said Auditor General Timothy DeFoor.

    “This has nothing to do with lottery products. They are completely secure. We are talking about whether or not the person claiming the winning prize is doing something they shouldn’t.”

    The Pennsylvania lottery said it strongly disagrees with the auditor’s claim that frequent wins indicate illegal activity.

    “From our perspective, this unfounded assertion relies upon the same flawed methodology that others have relied on to erroneously raise questions about the perceived statistical improbability of certain lottery players’ wins,” the lottery said in a statement.

  • OHIO LOTTERY WINNER PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX FRAUD

    Mustafa Shalash, of Hillard, Ohio, reportedly pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, after winning $1million in 2015.

    Shalash allegedly falsely claimed gambling losses, and tried to conceal his winnings by wiring money abroad.

    “Concealing bank accounts overseas and inflating losses on a tax return is a recipe for criminal tax prosecution,” said Bryant Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, IRS, Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office. “IRS CI will continue to apply substantial resources towards and vigorously investigate criminal tax fraud.”

  • NEW NIGHT, NEW RULES

    The Powerball website outlines the rules of the new Monday drawing and the new Double Play feature.

    The website reads, “Players will continue to choose five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. The Power Play® add-on feature will also be available for an additional $1 per play to multiply non-jackpot prizes and will only apply to prizes won in the Powerball drawing.”

    “All 48 U.S. lotteries will sell tickets for the Powerball drawing on Monday nights.”

  • 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.”

  • LOTTERY TICKETS VS SCRATCH-OFFS: PRICES AND WINNINGS VARY

    Ticket prices for Powerball and Mega Millions hold steady at $2.

    Scratch-off game prices vary depending on the game. Some cost as little as $1 while others can cost upwards of $20.

    However, the jackpots and potential winnings vary for both lottery tickets and scratch-off games.

  • LOTTERY TICKETS VS SCRATCH-OFFS: PICK YOUR LUCKY NUMBERS

    With scratch-off tickets, you can pick which game you play, but aside from that, there are no numbers to choose from.

    If you’re playing a lottery game like Powerball or Mega Millions, you have the option to pick your numbers, though you can also play at random.

  • 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.

  • HOW MANY CARS DOES THE AVERAGE WINNER OWN?

    The average lottery winner reportedly owns 4.5 cars for themselves or close relatives and friends.

  • FLORIDA MAN WINS $1MILLION, PLANS TO UPGRADE TOOTHBRUSH

    One Florida winner disclosed he is very excited to use some of his $1million winnings to purchase an electric toothbrush.

    “I’m just looking forward to upgrading to an electric toothbrush and splurging on a good pair of flip flops,” said Brian Nelson.

    Nelson opted for a lump sum payment of $795,000, after withholdings, according to Florida lottery officials.

  • 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 CAN THE IRS TAKE?

    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.

  • THE CHANCES OF THESE HAPPENING TO YOU HAVE HIGHER ODDS

    You are more likely to experience any of these than you are to win the lottery:

    • Getting struck by lightning: 1 in 1.1million
    • Contracting Ebola in the US: 1 in 13.3million
    • Becoming US President: 1 in 10million
    • Dying from an asteroid striking the earth: 1 in 74.8million
  • WHAT HAPPENS TO UNCLAIMED LOTTERY PRIZES?

    According to the Powerball website, “Unclaimed prizes are kept by the lottery jurisdiction.”

    That means the money is generally returned to the states selling tickets for that game. Each state has its own set of rules from there, determining what actually happens to the money.

    In some cases, it gets returned to the players.

  • 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.

  • CAN I USE A DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD TO PURCHASE MY LOTTERY TICKETS?

    It depends on where you are.

    In 21 states, you can purchase lottery tickets with a credit card.

    However, 29 states do not allow this.

    Within these rules, some stores will not allow you to use a card due to their own rules, so it’s best to have cash on hand if you’re planning to purchase lottery tickets.

  • STATES WITH DOUBLE PLAY

    Double Play will be available in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington, according to Powerball’s website.

    Double Play is the game’s newest feature, and costs an additional $1.

  • RECORD PRIZE

    On March 30, 2012, Mega Millions made history with the world’s largest prize in any jackpot game to that date: $656 million.

    The prize was split three ways by winning tickets in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

    The record was eventually surpassed by a Powerball jackpot in January 2016.

  • AMERICANS SPEND A LOT ON THE LOTTERY

    It has been reported than Americans spend more money on lottery tickets than they do on video games, movies, music, sports teams, and music combined.

    Per year, Americans spend $70.15 billion on lottery tickets.

  • HOW MANY WINNERS HAVE CHOSEN TO STAY ANONYMOUS?

    About 85 percent of lottery winners in the nation choose to remain anonymous.

    Some states, however, forbid winners from staying anonymous.

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