The Mega Millions jackpot continues to climb higher as hopeful lottery winners bet they have all the Mega Millions winning numbers that will make them rich on Friday, July 26. The lucky Mega Millions numbers are worth a whopping $19 million, and that’s 19 million reasons to buy a lottery ticket today, according to New Jersey Lottery officials on July 24, 2013!
UPDATE: The Mega Millions winning numbers for July 26, 2013, are 4, 22, 23, 27, 38, the Mega Ball number is 42, and the Megaplier is X 4.
Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot of $19 million can be taken in 26 annual payments, or as a one time lump sum payment of $13.2 million in cold hard cash. Which option will you choose when you found out you’re the lucky July 26 Mega Millions jackpot winner?
New Mega Millions Game Promises Better Odds
According to New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger on Thursday, July 25, the Mega Millions game is changing for the better with even better odds. Mega Millions will increase its minimum jackpot from $12 million to $15 million on October 22, 2013. In addition, the second-tier prize will also increase from $250,000 to $1 million. That means for matching five out of six Mega Millions winning numbers, the prize amount will now be $1 million
Unlike Powerball, who increased its ticket price from $1 to $2 each, Mega Millions will continue to sell tickets for just $1. The Megaplier option will still cost an additional dollar.
“New Jersey loves to hand out winnings to its players and the Mega Millions game change will allow us to do even more of that. The game enhancements will allow the jackpots to climb higher, heightening public excitement, while more New Jersey millionaires are created with each game roll. The updated Mega Millions game offers all of these benefits while keeping the ticket price at just a $1.”
Latest Mega Millions Results
The most recent Mega Millions winning numbers for July 23, 2013, were 25, 32, 35, 50, 51, the Mega Ball number was 46, and the Megaplier was X 3. There were no one jackpot winners for this drawing. Read the article Mega Millions winning numbers: California lottery winner hits massive prize for more information.
What Time is the Mega Millions Drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for July 26, 2013, 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 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
If no one wins matches all six Mega Millions winning numbers in the Friday, July 26 drawing, the next Mega Millions jackpot just may reach $26 million or more by the time the next drawing rolls around!
Sources: MegaMillions.com; New Jersey Lottery
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