Is today your lucky day?
The Mega Millions lottery jackpot was an estimated $355 million with a cash option of $188.8 million for Friday night's drawing, according to the Mega Millions website.
The jackpot was last won on Jan. 31 when a lottery player in Massachusetts won $31 million. The Mega Millions was won four times in January - marking the most monthly wins in the 21-year history of the lottery.
Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot is at $147 million for Saturday's drawing with a cash option of $78.1 million, according to the Powerball website.
What are the 3/31/23 winning Mega Millions numbers?
The Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, March 31, 2023:
16 - 26 - 27 - 42 - 61 and Megaball 23
Megaplier was 4x
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Did anyone win Friday night's Mega Millions?
There was no winner so the jackpot will climb to $385 million for Tuesday's drawing with a cash option of $203..8 million. One ticket sold in Florida matched all five white balls to win $1 million.
When is next Mega Millions drawing?
Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m.
How do I play Mega Millions?
The cost is $2 per ticket, but you can add the Megaplier for $1, which will increase the amount of your potential prize up to five times the original prize (except for the jackpot).
Each player selects five numbers from 1 to 70 for the white balls and one number from 1 to 25 for the Mega Ball. However, you can also have the lottery machine generate a random Quick Pick for you. You don't need to be a U.S. citizen or a resident a particular state where you purchase your ticket.
How many balls do I need to match for Mega Millions prize?
You can win $2 for the matching just one - the Mega Ball. Short of the jackpot, you can win up to $1 million for matching all five white balls (except in California) to the jackpot for matching all six balls. You can check all the prize payouts on the Mega Millions site here.
Where can I play Mega Millions?
You can play the game in 45 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The states not offering Mega Millions are: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
Many grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores sell lottery tickets. Some states allow Mega Millions tickets to be purchased online, but beware of scam websites. Check with your state lottery for more details.
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What is deadline for buying Mega Millions tickets?
In New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, tickets must be purchased by 10:45 p.m. on the Tuesday and Friday to be included in that night's drawing.
However, some states have different deadlines and can be more than an hour before the drawing. Check with your local lottery so you don't miss out.
What are my odds of winning the lottery?
Playing the Mega Millions can be exciting, but just don't go spending those millions before you win.
The odds of winning the jackpot are 302,575,350-to-1. The odds to match all five white balls are 12,607,306-to-1.
What does cash option mean?
The major lotteries in the United States offer two jackpot payout options: annuity and cash.
The annuity option is paid out over time. There is an immediate payment and then 29 annual payments after that, increasing by 5% each year. The cash option is significantly lower than the advertised jackpot, but it is paid in a lump sum. You don't have to wait decades for all the money.
Can a jackpot winner remain anonymous?
In some states, like New Jersey, you can win a lottery anonymously. That wasn't always the case, but now winners are able to stay anonymous under a law that was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy. In other states, a winner's name and hometown are a matter of public record. Check with your state lottery for more information.
What are the Top 10 Mega Millions jackpots?
Here are the Top 10 Mega Millions jackpots ever:
$1.537 billion, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina
$1.348 billion, Jan. 13, 2023: Won in Maine
$1.337 billion: July 29, 2022: Illinois
$1.05 billion, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan
$656 million, March 30, 2012: Three winners in Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
$648 million, Dec. 17, 2013: Two winners in California, Georgia
$543 million, July 24, 2018: Won in California
$536 million, July 8, 20116: Won in Indiana
$533 million: March 30, 2018: Won in New Jersey
$522 million: June 7, 2019: Won in California
What was largest U.S. lottery jackpot ever?
Here's a look at the top jackpots were won in the United States, between the Powerball and the Mega Millions lotteries:
$1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee
$1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina
$1.348 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 13, 2023: Won in Maine
$1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Illinois
$1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan
$768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin
$758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts
$754.6 million, Powerball: Feb. 6, 2023: Won in Washington
$730 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Mega Millions winning numbers drawing for Friday, March 31, 2023