Did Anyone Win the $101 Million Jackpot Prize Last Night?


The winning numbers in last night’s Mega Millions lottery draw were 2, 8, 16, 18, and 31, and the Mega Ball was 14. The jackpot was an estimated $101 million with a cash option of $79.2 million, but did anyone win?

While nobody won the jackpot, three tickets, purchased in Georgia, Nebraska, and Texas, matched five numbers and won $1 million each. Additionally, 25 players won $10,000 each by matching four numbers and the Mega Ball and eight of these players used the Megaplier—which was X2 in last night’s draw—to double their prizes to $20,000.

More than 400 players won $500 by matching four numbers and more than 100 of these players doubled the prizes to $1,000 using the Megaplier. More than 700 players won $200 by matching three numbers and the Mega Ball and more than 100 of these winners won $400 using the Megaplier.

Hundreds of thousands of players won smaller prizes ranging from $2 to $20. More than 300,000 players won these smaller prizes by matching either just the Mega Ball, one number and the Mega Ball, two numbers and the Mega Ball, or three numbers.

As nobody won the jackpot, it has rolled over and is now worth an estimated $107 million with a cash option of $83.9 million. The next draw will take place on Friday at 11 p.m. ET.

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A player choosing their numbers on a Mega Millions lottery ticket.
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How to play Mega Millions online

As some states have implemented shelter in place orders and are encouraging residents to stay at home to delay the spread of the coronavirus, it may be a little more difficult to go out to purchase a Mega Millions lottery ticket.

You could purchase a ticket from a licensed lottery retailer while out getting groceries, or you could purchase a ticket online if you are a resident of Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota or Pennsylvania. Residents of New York and Virginia can also purchase lottery ticket subscriptions online.

Some states have closed their lottery offices due to the coronavirus outbreak, such as Georgia, which has closed its offices through March 31. While players can still claim prizes up to $600 at Georgia Lottery retailers, winners can also mail all prize claims to the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

Illinois has closed some of its lottery retail locations due to bars being closed, but the state encourages its residents to play the lottery on the website or its app instead. Like Georgia, Illinois’ offices are closed, but winners can claim their prizes via mail.

Check the Mega Millions website to find more information about how your state lottery has been impacted by the coronavirus. Your regular lottery retailer may be closed or operating with updated hours, and you may have to find out how to claim a prize by mail.


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