The latest Mega Millions lottery took place on Tuesday, February 8, with a $31 million jackpot and a $20.7 million cash value.
The winning numbers (drawn at 11pm ET) are 1, 17, 20, 52 and 54, while the yellow Mega Ball is 2. In this case, the “Megaplier” is 3X, which means the entrant has a chance to win three times as much if they choose to spend an extra $1 when they originally purchased the ticket.
Did anyone win the Million Dollar Jackpot on February 8th?
According to the official Mega Millions website, on February 8, no one managed to pick all five white ball numbers and the yellow Mega Ball.
As a result, the $31 million jackpot is unclaimed and will roll over to the next draw on Friday, February 11th.
Millionaire Results for February 8
While no one won the jackpot, two lottery entrants did match all five white balls, each taking a combined $1 million. None of these players paid an extra $1 for the Megaplier bonus, though, meaning their prize didn’t triple to $3 million.
11 players got 4 white balls and a yellow super ball, netting $10,000. Two of the winners took part in the extra Megaplier and thus ended up taking home $30,000.
Additionally, 242 people correctly guessed four white balls in Tuesday’s draw. So they each won $500, with 43 of them using the 3X Megaplier to raise the prize to $1,500.
622 players matched three white balls and yellow power balls. For this, they get a standard amount of $200, or $600 using Megaplier.
On the lower end of the table, 15,090 people won $10 by guessing the numbers correctly on three white balls, while 13,141 people won the equivalent amount by guessing two white and yellow balls.
In the end, 100,793 participants were awarded $4 (a white ball and a yellow ball), and 238,490 participants were awarded the $2 minimum prize (only the Super Ball itself).
How to Play Mega Millions
Buying a Mega Millions ticket costs $2. They can be purchased in 45 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. However, you can’t get them in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, or Utah. According to reports, the chance of winning is 1 in 303 million.
As a player, your job is to choose a total of six numbers. Five of these will be used for the standard white balls (which can be any value between 1 and 70), while you must also choose a number (between 1 and 25) for the special yellow super ball.
The draw will take place on Tuesday or Friday at 11 p.m. ET. Depending on how many balls you guessed correctly (and whether they are a combination of white and yellow), your potential winnings could be anywhere between $2 and the grand jackpot.
The amount up for grabs against the latter depends on a variety of factors, including ticket sales and whether anyone claimed it in the last draw. As with the separate Powerball lottery, if you’re lucky enough to win the Mega Millions jackpot, you can choose to pay in one lump sum or in installments over 29 years.
Finally, there is the Megaplier to consider. For an extra $1 when you buy a ticket, you can choose to use this bonus feature, potentially doubling, tripling, quadrupling or even quintuple your winnings.
Megapliers can be set to 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X, a factor that is randomly determined at the start of each draw. For example, on February 8, it was set to 3X.
For more information on how Mega Millions works and its historical winners, please visit the official website.