Mega Millions (UPDATED) – Numbers for Today, Sep. 23, 2016: Pattern in 5 Previous Winning Numbers? $20M Jackpot at Stake While Powerball at $50M
Update - Sep. 23, 2016 - 11:04 p.m. ET: The winning numbers for tonight's Mega Millions drawing are:
1, 5, 8, 25, 62
14 is the Megaball
3x is the Megaplier.
The Friday, September 23rd Mega Million jackpot sits at $20 million after there were no grand prize winners in the September 20 drawing. With that, the jackpot has now rolled over offering a single game winner a cash option payment of $13 million in Friday's game. Make sure to return to 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 2, 22, 34, 62, and 72 - all even numbers interestingly. The winning Gold Mega Ball number was 2 (an even number as well) and the Megaplier was 5x. It is not too often you see so many "2" in a drawing. As for this writer who has been covering the lottery for several months now, he has observed that as of late numbers with many "4s", "2s" and "3s" have been picked out.
The 5 previous winning numbers are as follow. Can you spot a pattern? Don't think too hard trying, we recommend.
September 20th - 2, 22, 34, 62, 72 - MB 2
September 16th - 13, 21, 28, 34, 40 - MB 15
September 13th - 6, 15, 17, 39, 56 - MB 15
September 9th - 1, 34, 43, 44, 63 - MB 11
September 6th - 25, 37, 58, 69, 75 - MB 8
$133 Million Jackpot Won on Last Friday's (Sept. 16) Drawing
It was just a week ago that a lucky lottery player from Illinois landed all the winning numbers in his ticket. As Mega Millions website states:
The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at BP, 1000 East Southline Road, and matched all six numbers - 13 - 21 - 28 - 34 - 40 - (15) - to win the $133,000,000 jackpot in the Friday, September 16th, Mega Millions drawing. The retailer will receive a bonus of $500,000 for selling the winning ticket.
The Illinois Lottery urges the lucky winner to immediately sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until they visit one of the Lottery's five Prize Centers in Chicago, Des Plaines, Rockford, Springfield or Fairview Heights. Winners have one year from the original drawing date to claim their prize.
About Mega Millions and the Odds of Landing the Jackpot
Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. ET. 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 $50 Million
Meanwhile, the Saturday, September 24th Powerball jackpot has now increased to $50 million with a cash option payment of $33.6 million.
There were no jackpot winners in last Wednesday's game, when the winning digits were 1, 28, 63, 67, and 69. The winning Red Powerball number was 17 and the Power Play number was 4x.
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.