Mega Millions Jackpot Grows To $396 Million

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Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets are displayed on Jan. 3, 2018 in San Anselmo, California.

The Friday night Mega Millions drawing did not yield a winner for the $376 million jackpot with a cash value of $259.8 million. 

The winning Mega Millions numbers were 38, 45, 46, 55, and 67 with a gold Mega Ball of 18. The Megaplier was 2X.

Watch the winning lottery numbers being pulled below.

Even though no players won the grand prize, one person became an instant millionaire. A player from Georgia hit the Match 5 and won $1 million. If the player would have matched five numbers with a Megaplier purchase, it would have put their winnings for the night at $2 million. 

Aside from the one instant millionaires, several other players won smaller monetary prizes from the Friday drawing. Twenty-three players hit the Match 4 plus the gold Mega Ball, winning $10,000 each.

Meanwhile, there were only six players that managed to hit the Match 4 plus gold Mega Ball with a 2X Megaplier purchase and win $20,000 apiece. The rest of the Mega Millions prizes from the night ranged between $2 and $1,000. 

The next Mega Millions drawing will be worth an estimated $396 million with a cash option of $273.6 million. The numbers will be drawn on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

The latest lottery jackpot comes after a player from Michigan won $3 million. Laura Spears, 55, of Oakland county claimed a second-place prize from the Dec. 31 lottery drawing.

Spears hit the Match 5 with a Megaplier purchase, which tripled her prize money. Spears plans on using the money to retire early and share her winnings with her family.

Lottery winners can choose to receive their winnings through a one-time lump sum payment or an annuity. Those who opt for the annuity receive one immediate payment that is followed by 29 annual payments that increase by 5% every year. 

Mega Millions can be played in 45 states as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.


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