Good news… nobody won Friday night’s Mega Millions. Bad news… that means you didn’t win Friday night’s Mega Millions and you wasted all that money on lottery tickets that got you nothing but crushed hopes. More bad news… you’re going to waste more money on lotto tickets because now the next Mega Millions drawing will offer the largest U.S. jackpot in history and you can’t suppress the fact that you have a 1 in 258,890,850 chance in winning.
On Friday night, the winning numbers were 65-53-23-15-70 and the Mega Ball was 7. People invested heavily into the drawing because the jackpot was $1 billion. But down-on-their-luck hopefuls now have to double-down on the Mega Millions since the next drawing on Tuesday will offer a $1.6 billion jackpot and you’ll definitely win that one.
This prize will be the largest lottery jackpot in history, surpassing 2016’s $1.586 billion Powerball drawing that was shared among winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee. If you hit on all six numbers on Tuesday’s Mega Millions you can opt for the immediate one-time cash payment of $904 million or receive the $1.6 billion prize over 29 years. Tough decisions. Keep in mind that Uncle Sam needs to get his cut as the federal government will snatch up 25% before the check is handed to the winner and collects remaining taxes when due. Most states also tax lottery winnings.
Nobody has won the Mega Millions jackpot since July 24th and the prize money has been rolled over 25 straight times. When nobody won the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday night the internet dealt with the disappointment with snark and comedy by sharing memes and jokes.
But it’s healthy to appreciate what you do have when you lose the lotto.
People are still dreaming about what magnificent plans they’ll do with all that money.