Powerball –(Updated) Winning Numbers for Today, Sep. 16, 2016; Mega Millions Winner in $122 Million Jackpot Drawing; Powerball Lottery Jackpot Now $244 Million
Update - Sept. 17, 2016 - 11:04 p.m . ET: The winning numbers for tonight, Saturday's Powerball drawing are:
9, 19, 51, 55, 62 and the Powerball is 14. Powerplay is 4x .
Update - Sept. 17, 2016 - 8:34 p.m. ET: In the other popular Lottery drawing, Mega Millions, a winning ticket for Friday's $133 million jackpot was sold in Illinois matching all six winning numbers - 13, 21, 28, 34 and 40 - and the Mega Ball - 15 according to the official website. The total cash option payment for the jackpot minus taxes fares around $89 million. In addition to the jackpot, two lucky winners matched the five white balls last night. The tickets were sold in California and Virginia.
The jackpot now is reset back to $15 million for the Tuesday September 20 drawing. It took approximately two months for someone to win the Jackpot since the last jackpot won July 22.
The winning numbers for Friday, September 16th's Mega Millions drawing are:
13, 21, 28, 34, 40
15 is the Megaball
3x is the Megaplier.
The Friday, September 16th Mega Million jackpot has climbed to $133 million after there were no grand prize winners in the September 13, 2016 drawing. With that, the jackpot has now rolled over offering a single game winner in Friday's game the chance of walking away with a cash option payment of $89 million. Make sure to check back at this page at 11 p.m. EST for a posting of the winning numbers in real time.
The winning numbers in last Tuesday's game were 6, 15, 17, 39 and 56. The winning Gold Mega Ball number was 15 and the megaplier was 3x.
Six Million Dollars Won on Last Friday's Drawing
3 players matched all five white ball numbers to win at least $1 million on the September 9 drawing. While two of the winning tickets that were sold in New York cashed the prize of $1 million, the remaining ticket that was sold in South Carolina cashed $4 million since it included the optional megaplier.
Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. Five balls are drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 75; the Mega ball is drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 15. The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 259 million.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $1 each.
Powerball Jackpot at $244 Million
Meanwhile, the September 17th, Powerball jackpot has now spiked to $244 million with a cash option payment of $165.3 million.
There were no jackpot winners in last Wednesday's game, when the winning digits were 10, 11, 23, 28 and 31. The winning Red Powerball number was 14 and the Power Play number was 2x.
Quick Picks Can Prove Beneficial
Powerball hopefuls may do well by leaving the number choosing to the computer. Around 70% of previous Powerball winners won via Quick Picks, a machine mechanism system that randomly picks numbers for you.
Some Numbers Luckier than Others
Apparently some numbers are actually luckier than others. An ABC News analysis of past Powerball winners shows that the numbers 8, 54, 14, 39 and 13 come up most often.