Monday, 12 November, 2018

Feeling lucky? Mega Millions jackpot for Friday is $970 million

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Lloyd Bates | 19 October, 2018, 19:16

The previous record for the Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million in March, 2012.

But some folks are getting their tickets for free. In Indiana, on the other hand, the cutoff for buying Mega Millions tickets is 10:44 p.m. ET.

The bad odds of winning don't stop people from playing, because with a jackpot of $970 million dollars, dreamers say "Why not?"

A lottery draw in the U.S. has hit a record US$970 million (NZ$1.476 billion), the second-largest USA lottery pool ever, trailing only the US$1.59b Powerball prize in 2016.

If you want to find out if you picked some or all of the Mega Millions winning numbers this week, go to megamillions.com or lottery.net after the drawing.

The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $970 million. The victor would pay $203 million in federal taxes, $48 million in state taxes and $21 million in city income tax.

You would have to be the only one to hand select just over 302 million tickets.

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Tuesday's Mega Millions winning numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 with a Mega Ball of 9 for a jackpot worth $667 million at the time. Those who opt for the annuity will get an immediate payment and then 29 annual payments, each 5 percent larger than the last.

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"More people coming in to play, plus more promotion to come through", said Malik.

Winners can remain anonymous in six states - Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and SC.

Odlyzko does say there is a way to increase your odds of winning.

Lottery officials say scammers are targeting people through email saying they may have won $1 million and they are using the Mega Millions logo as part of their letterhead to make it look legitimate.

For winners of $5,000 or more, all states automatically deduct 24 percent in federal taxes but state taxes vary widely. Know the state regulations when it comes to winning. In general, taxes eat up almost half of winnings. "You have to be prepared to write another check to the IRS in April". Sales were still down, compared with 2016, when they surpassed $80 billion, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

If you haven't bought a ticket, there's still time.

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