Mega Millions continues to rise, $118 million on Friday; May 1, 2012 winning numbers

There were no winners in the multi-jurisdictional Mega Millions drawing made on May Day, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, meaning that the jackpot will continue to rise to $118 million (annuity) and $86 million (for cash) for the drawing on Friday, May 4, 2012.

The winning numbers were 24-27-31-45-52 with a Mega Ball 38. You can find a list of winners in all of the Mega Millions prize tiers in the table below.

MB represents the Mega Ball.

Mega Millions Winners, April 27, 2012

Prize
Level
Winners Prize
5-of-5 + MB 0 $102 Million
5-of-5 6 $250,000
4-of-5 + MB 30 $10,000
4-of-5 2,110 $150
3-of-5 + MB 2,133 $150
2-of-5 + MB 34,752 $10
3-of-5 103,214 $7
1-of-5 + MB 213,518 $3
0-of-5 + MB 409,363 $2

In the second place Match 5 + 0, with a $250,000 prize, there were a high number of winners, at six. Those winners were in the following states for the Match 5 + 0 tier: Winners in California (2), Illinois (3) and Maryland (1).

At $100 million, more people tend to jump in, and the "pool" of lottery players begins to expand, as that number attracts a number of players who don't normally play. Attention has been focused on Mega Millions for some time, though, since it just set a record. In fact, the last jackpot won in the Mega Millions lottery was the record-setting $656 million (annuity) jackpot (cash option of $474 million) recently won by three tickets on March 30, 2012.

Those three jackpot-winning tickets were won in the following states; one each in Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland (all three tickets had been claimed as of April 18, with each set of winners choosing the cash option).

Mega Miliions, in fact, has the top three all-time record setting lottery jackpots. They are:

  • $656 million, Mega Millions, won on March 30, 2012 by 3 tickets in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois, with a cash payout of $474 million.
  • $390 million, Mega Millions, won March 6, 2007, by 2 tickets, in Georgia and New Jersey. Cash payout of $233.1 million, third largest in American lottery history.
  • $380 million, Mega Millions, won January 4, 2011, by Jim and Carolyn McCullar of Ephrata, Washington, and Holly Lahti of Rathdrum, Idaho. (Cash payout of $240 million, second largest in American lottery history).

Rival multi-jurisdicational lottery Powerball slots in at No. 4, with $365 million, won February 18, 2006, in Nebraska. This was, however, the biggest win of all time on one single ticket; it was shared by eight workers in a ConAgra meatpacking plant.

At $363 million, the top five is rounded out by The Big Game. However, that was the(precursor to Mega Millions, so it can be considered another Mega Millions record. It was won May 9, 2000, by 2 tickets (Illinois and Michigan).

You may notice that some of the record-setting annuity payouts don't slot into the same position for cash value. That is because of the way the annuity is calculated. The annuity value's "extra money" is generated by the interest on the remaining payout; differences in interest rates create differences in the jackpot.

Mega Millions currently uses a 5/56 (white balls) + 1/46 (the Mega Ball) double matrix to select its winning numbers. Each game costs $1; in 43 of the 44 Mega Millions jurisdictions (California is the lone exception), there is a $1 option called Megaplier in which non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by 2, 3, or 4. The Megaplier was made available to all Mega Millions jurisdictions in January 2011; it began as a Texas-only option.

Current odds of a single set of numbers winning the big jackpot prize: 1 out of 175,711,536. For comparison, odds of one set of numbers winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 out of 175,223,510.

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