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Did Anyone Win the $42 Million Jackpot?

The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery for February 11 was $42 million and had a cash-value option of $27.8 million.

The numbers drawn were 11, 16, 23, 24 and 30 for the white balls, while the yellow Mega Ball was 24, and the Megaplier was 3, according to the Mega Millions website.

No one matched all five white balls and the Mega Ball to win the jackpot. But there was one big winner from New Jersey who picked the five white balls to win the $1 million.

For an extra dollar, the winner could have tripled their money by playing the Megaplier.

According to the Mega Millions website, there were 13 winners of the $10,000 prize, with tickets which matched four white balls and a Mega Ball. Six of them trebled their money by using the Megaplier.

There were also 536 winners of the $500 prize, with 124 of them playing the Megaplier.

At the lower end of the table, 23,594 people managed to win $10 by correctly guessing three of the white balls’ numbers and 14,744 got an equivalent amount by getting two white balls and the yellow ball.

In total, there were over 379,000 tickets that won at least $2.

The estimated jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday will be $53 million, with a cash option of $35.1 million.

In January, a ticket holder in California won the top prize of $426 million. The cash option was worth $292.9 million.

Jackpots are frequently won in January, with a $1.05 billion top prize going in the first month of 2021, which was won by a four-player lottery club in Michigan.

Big January prizes were also won in 2018 ($451 million in Florida) and 2019 ($437 million in New York).

How To Play Mega Millions

One of the country’s most popular lotteries, the Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. ET.

For each drawing, five white balls are taken from balls numbered 1 through 70 while a yellow Mega Ball is taken from a set numbered from 1 to 25.

Each ticket costs $2 per play and for an extra dollar in most states, there is the Megaplier option. This can increase non-jackpot prizes by up to five times.

If the jackpot is not won, the money is added to the top prize for the following draw and so builds up. When a ticket does win the jackpot, the top prize is reset to an average of $20 million.

Tickets can be bought in 45 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. However, they can not be bought in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.

The chances of winning with a $2 Mega Millions ticket are one in 303 million.

See the Mega Millions website for more information.

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Mega Millions lottery tickets are sold at a 7-Eleven store in the Loop on January 22, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The jackpot for February 11, 2022, was $42 million.
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