Do you require some additional spending money for your Christmas shopping? What do you think about adding a few million more?
In anticipation of Friday night’s drawing, the Mega Millions jackpot has increased to a whopping $333 million. The value in cash is 175.8 million dollars. The winning numbers from Tuesday’s drawing were 20-23-37-46-52, and the Mega Ball was 6.
The Mega Millions jackpot has not been won since the month of October, when the last winning ticket was purchased. That took place in Florida, and the winner was awarded a portion of $494 million there.
The price of each ticket is $2. The drawing takes place at eleven o’clock at night.
In the states of New Jersey and Texas, participants are required to decide in advance how they would like to receive a jackpot reward, either in the form of cash or an annuity. In the state of New Jersey, jackpot winners have the option of exchanging their annuity tickets for cash should they become eligible to collect a prize. In the state of Texas, however, their choice is final. The other members of Mega Millions allow winners to choose between receiving their prize in cash or as an annuity after they have won (typically within the first sixty days after claiming their ticket), but in Florida, the sixty-day “clock” begins when the drawing occurs in which the jackpot prize is won.
If a jackpot award is not claimed within the allotted amount of time in a particular jurisdiction, the money that was contributed to that jackpot by each of the 46 members of Mega Millions is returned to those members. Every one of the 46 lotteries has its own set of regulations governing unclaimed awards, and the vast majority of Mega Millions players put their unclaimed money toward educational endeavours.
In 2007, a reward worth $31 million was left unclaimed in the state of New York.
Three awards, each worth $250,000, have gone unclaimed, including several in Michigan for lotteries that took place in 2007.
Winners of the Mega Millions lottery have either one year or 180 days (only for non-jackpot prizes in California) to claim their awards, with the exception of the jackpot (although some Mega Millions winners lose the right to collect a jackpot in cash if they wait more than 60 days after the drawing).
The minimum age to buy a ticket for the Mega Millions lottery is 18, with the exception of the states of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, and Mississippi, which have a minimum age of 21, and Nebraska, which has a minimum age of 19. It is possible for kids to win on lottery tickets that were given to them as presents in most cases (Virginia is an exception to this rule), although the regulations regarding minors winning prizes differ depending on which Mega Millions member you ask.
The applicable laws and regulations in the country where the ticket is sold, as well as the winner’s place of residency, both have an impact on the rules that must be followed (e.g., if a New Jerseyan wins on a ticket bought near their workplace in Manhattan). In California, individuals who win the Mega Millions lottery do not have to pay state income tax on their earnings. This is not the case in Florida, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington state, or Wyoming, where residents do not have to pay income tax. On the other hand, since both New York City and Yonkers, New York charges their own income taxes, some inhabitants of both cities are subject to all three brackets of the income tax.
WSB-studios TVs in Atlanta, Georgia are typically used as the location for giveaways and drawings. Glenn Burns, who was then the head meteorologist for WSB, served as the show’s first host. The drawings have been hosted by actor John Crow, Atlanta radio broadcaster Carol Blackmon, and Adrian Whitford since the year 2008. Together, they are known as the Georgia Lottery drawings hosts. Every drawing that Crow completes is finished off with the phrase “Play on, America!” In the event that neither Crow, Blackmon, nor Whitford was available to host, the secondary hosting role was filled by Sabrina Cupit. CPA Preston reviews and verifies the accuracy of the designs.
Before the cross-sell extension on January 31, 2010, Mega Millions was the only multi-jurisdictional lottery whose draws were broadcast on stations across the country. Other multi-jurisdictional lotteries only aired their drawings on stations in the jurisdictions in which they were held. Following the conclusion of the 9:00 p.m. Central Time newscast on WGN-TV, the Chicago-based cable superstation WGN-TV provided a simultaneous broadcast of the Mega Millions draws on the nationwide WGN America stream. After the cross-sell expansion was completed, WGN began broadcasting the Powerball drawings nationally as well. When neither of the two local television stations in the area covered either of the multi-jurisdictional lottery’s drawings, WGN stepped in as the default carrier of the two major games. When WGN America stopped broadcasting its news programs in the latter half of 2014, both drawings were taken down from the website.
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