SATURDAY night’s Powerball lottery has been drawn and the $181 million prize is up for grabs.
The Powerball winning numbers for March 26, 2022 were 2, 10, 50, 59, and 61.
The power ball was 6 and the power play was 3x.
Powerball draws take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11pm ET.
Mega Millions draws take place every Tuesday and Friday at 11pm ET.
Read our lottery live blog for the latest results and winning numbers…
Lottery tickets and scratch cards explained, part two
With scratch cards you can choose which game you play. Other than that, there are no numbers to choose from.
When you play a lottery game like Powerball or Mega Millions you have the option to choose your numbers, although you can also play randomly.
Lottery tickets and scratch cards explained
Scratch cards offer instant rewards as you will know whether or not you have won a prize within minutes of purchase.
Lottery tickets have fixed draws, so you have to wait to see if you’ve won.
How are the chances?
According to LiveScience, a vending machine is more likely to kill one person (1 in 112 million) than one person to win the lottery.
First recorded instance of a lottery
Keno tickets from ancient China, dated between 201 and 187 BC. BC, are the oldest known example of a lottery.
Large government projects like the Great Wall of China were most likely funded by lotteries.
Can I redeem tickets in another state?
The simple answer is no.
Mega Millions is sold by individual lotteries, so winning tickets must be redeemed in the condition in which they were purchased.
However, lotteries usually offer a postal claim option for most prizes.
Is there a Mega Millions app?
There is no official mobile app for the Mega Millions game as it is sold by individual lotteries.
Most state lotteries have their own apps that usually contain information about the games they offer, including Mega Millions.
Some apps also notify users of winning numbers and include other tools.
Where is Lotto America available?
Lotto America is available in Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia.
What is Lotto America?
Lotto America is a feature of Powerball that costs an additional $1 to play.
Players must “choose five numbers from 1 to 52 for the red balls and then choose a number from 1 to 10 for the Lotto America Star Ball.
“Choose your numbers on a ticket or let the lottery terminal randomly select your numbers.
“Players win the grand prize or one of 8 fixed cash prizes by matching any of the 9 ways to win.”
How much is unclaimed?
In the 12 months ended June 2017, nearly $3 billion was unclaimed, according to lottery expert Brett Jacobson.
In 2017 alone, there were more than 160 unclaimed prizes worth $1 million or more.
How long do you have to claim prizes?
According to the Powerball website, Powerball tickets typically have an expiration date that varies from 90 days to a year, depending on where they were sold.
The expiration date is likely listed on the back of your ticket.
If not, contact your state lottery agency.
Big payouts for second prize, continued
A huge second prize payout can happen if the player has purchased the optional Megaplier.
As of October 19, 2013, the site states, “There have been 1,140 match-5 winning tickets valued at $1 million or more, and they have been won in almost every jurisdiction where the game is sold.”
Big payouts for second prize
While Mega Millions winners get the ultimate prizes, runners-up can also be generously rewarded.
According to the Mega Millions website, this is the only lottery draw where the second prize can go up to $5 million.
Biggest Mega Millions jackpot of 2021
The largest Mega Millions jackpot won in 2021 was a $1.05 billion prize, or $776.6 million in cash, won on January 22nd.
According to the Mega Millions website, the Wolverine FLL Club from Oakland County, Michigan took home the huge prize.
Payments upon the death of a winner
Mega Millions winners who choose the annuity option will receive an immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments.
If a winner dies before receiving all of their payments, the remaining installments will be paid to the winner’s named beneficiary or to the winner’s estate, depending on the lottery website.
Lottery saves marriages
Reported divorce increases by just 3 percent for lottery winners, Credit Donkey revealed.
This statistic suggests that the lottery might actually be keeping marriages together.
When do I have to report my lottery win to the IRS?
The state where you won your prize must notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if you have won more than $600.
Mega Millions Draws Continued
Steps to prepare for a Mega Millions draw include:
- Drawing machines and ball sets for each game are randomly selected and certified by external auditors to ensure balls and equipment give every number an equal chance of being drawn.
- Every lottery drawing machine and set of balls goes through a series of pre-draw tests to ensure the absolute randomness of the results.
- Two drawing officials who are employees of the lottery and a member of an independent accounting firm conduct testing and conduct/observe the drawing.
- All equipment is securely maintained with limited access for officers.
Where are Mega Millions draws held?
Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m. ET at WSB-TV’s Atlanta, Georgia studio.
A successful Mega Millions draw takes many things, including three hours of preparation, even though the draw takes less than 60 seconds.
Winning the lottery doesn’t cure depression
A research study cited by The Cut found that while winning a few million dollars lifts spirits, happiness is generally short-lived.
“Eventually, the thrill of winning the lottery itself will wear off,” researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Massachusetts found.
“If all things are judged by how far they deviate from a baseline of past experiences, even the most positive events will gradually lose their impact as they are themselves incorporated into the new baseline against which further events will be judged,” the researcher said shared.
How Powerball and Multipliers work
The Powerball website explains, “The Powerball jackpot grows until it’s won. Players choose five numbers from 1 to 69; and a Powerball number from 1 to 26.”
“Players can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x with the Power Play® option for an additional $1 per game.”
Can non-US citizens play Powerball?
According to the Powerball website, the lottery is also open to non-US citizens.
Residents of states where Powerball is not offered may purchase a ticket in a state where it is available.
Is there an age requirement for the lottery?
People must be at least 18 years old to buy lottery tickets in almost every state in the United States.
Odds of winning for a ticket that has already been sold
According to an ABC News article, 85.8 percent of all Powerball ticket combinations were purchased.
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