Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots already hundreds of millions. (Photo : Creative Commons)
Mega Millions ticket holders will soon find out if they won the lottery jackpot that currently stands at $95 million during the Friday, Sept. 6 drawing.
The jackpot winner will have a choice of how they would like to be paid. They could choose the "Cash Option" and receive a one-time, lump sum payment of $64 million, or they can choose the "Annual Payout" option, which provides annual payments over a 26-year period, according to the Mega Millions website.
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The overall odds of winning any prize are about 1 in 40, but the odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 176 million.
Mega drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday after the draw entry closes at 7:45 p.m. PST. Tickets are sold in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winning numbers are drawn at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Ga.
The Mega Millions winning numbers from the Sept. 3 drawing were 4, 13, 14, 28, 41, and the Mega Ball number was 28. There was no winning ticket for the jackpot of $85 million, but three ticket holders won the $250,000 prize amount and there were 23 Match 4 + 1 winners who walked away with $10,000. Each $10,000 lottery winner matched four out of five white Mega Millions winning numbers, and the gold Mega Ball number.
For a national, interactive map of where tickets may be purchased, head over to the Mega Millions Where to Play page.
You can also watch a live stream of the lottery drawings at 11:00 p.m. EST below: