Are you hoping March 18, 2014 is the night one lucky lottery winner matches the Mega Millions winning numbers and takes home the insanely large jackpot of $400 million? Keep dreaming! Just like you, millions of hopeful multimillionaires across the country will also be going after the third largest Mega Millions jackpot in game history, according to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, March 18.
“March Madness doesn’t just apply to basketball this week. With a jackpot of at least $400 million, Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing is likely to prompt a frenzy of lotto players hoping to strike it rich,” reported the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, March 18.
BREAKING NEWS: The Mega Millions winning numbers for March 18, 2014 are 11, 19, 24, 33, 51, the Mega Ball is 7, and the Megaplier is X 3.
If no one wins the March 18 Mega Millions jackpot, the next jackpot will most likely shoot to $500 million or possibly more as “Lottery Frenzy” takes over. That’s half-a-billion dollars folks! All it takes is one ticket to win. Sooner or later someone is bound to match all six Mega Millions winning numbers, and it may as well be you.
The $400 million Mega Millions jackpot is the sixth largest ever in the United States, behind two Mega Millions and three Powerball jackpots.
- $656 million Mega Millions jackpot won 3/30/2012
- $648 million Mega Millions jackpot won 12/17/2013
- $591 million Powerball jackpot won 5/18/2013
- $588 million Powerball jackpot won 11/28/2012
- $448 million Powerball jackpot won 8/7/2013
- $400 million Mega Millions jackpot won 3/18/2014
Annuity or Cash? Lottery Taxes Too?
This is the twentieth drawing since Tennessee lottery winners Tina and Jonathan Still matched all six Mega Millions winning numbers and won the $61 million jackpot on Jan. 3. After all those disappointing drawings, tonight’s jackpot is worth $400 million. Don’t spend all that money yet! That’s the annuitized amount. You’ll have to decide whether you want that amount paid out in 30 annual payments, or $224 million in cold hard cash.
Whichever option you choose, you had better put some aside for taxes because Uncle Sam will want his portion up front for state and federal taxes on your lottery prize winnings. Don’t worry though. You’ll still end up with plenty of millions to do anything you want to do!
What Time is the Mega Millions Drawing?
The Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for March 18, 2014, at 11 p.m. EDT. Mega Millions winning numbers are drawn Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11 p.m. EDT at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are sold in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands and cost $1 each. Another $1 for the Megaplier option could greatly multiply your prize winnings!
When is the Next Powerball Drawing?
Don’t miss the next Powerball drawing! The March 19 jackpot is an estimated $80 million annuity, or $45.9 million cash value. The drawing is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:59 p.m. EDT. The most recent Powerball winning numbers from the March 15 drawing were 2, 5, 34, 51, 58, and the red Powerball number was 9.
Make sure to check back here for the final March 18 Mega Millions winning numbers and results.
Sources: Mega Millions; Los Angeles Times; Chicago Tribune; CBS News
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