Mega Millions Record History! Sad to say I wasted $10 and lost 🙁
(CNN) — A few lucky folks in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas woke up Saturday — if they slept at all — to the dawning realization that they will soon be quite rich. Just about everyone else woke up to a less sparkling conclusion — they weren’t winners.
“Oh Mega Millions, why do you shun me?” one Twitter user mused on the social networking site.”Dear news updates on my phone, stop rubbing it in that I didn’t win the mega millions!!!” said another. Mega Millions winner used Quick Pick Tips for the winners: ‘Get a good safe’ Will this app help you win next time? 42,000 lotto tickets sold a minute in TX. Lottery officials confirmed Saturday that at least three winners will split Friday’s record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot. Winning tickets were confirmed in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas according to lottery officials.The winning Illinois ticket was a quick pick sold at the Moto Mart in Red Bud, Illinois, according to the Illinois lottery. The winning Maryland ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Baltimore County, the Maryland Lottery said Saturday. And the Kansas ticket was sold in the northeastern part of the state, according to the Kansas State Lottery website.
The winning numbers were 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 with a Mega Ball of 23.
Lottery officials are waiting for information on potential jackpot winners from other Mega Millions states. California Lottery Commission spokesman Alex Traverso said 29 tickets sold in that state matched five of the six winning numbers. He said the payout will be about $125,000 to $130,000. The Mega Millions lottery is played in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. The multistate jackpot had caused long lines at convenience stores, with many dreaming of creative ways to quit their jobs if they get the lucky numbers. Sales skyrocketed at Manhattan Tobacco, a New York convenience store, cashier Alex Shanahe said. He said the store has proved to be lucky before, having sold winning tickets of $3 million and $5 million.
“The sales have tripled. Everybody wants to win the Mega Millions,” Shanahe said before the drawing. The odds of winning the jackpot were about one in 176 million, which means a person would have a better chance of getting struck by lightning.Economist Austan Goolsbee, a professor at the University of Chicago who also chaired the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said winners should take the lump sum instead of the annuity. The choice comes down to interest rates, and with interest rates at zero, the lump sum just makes better financial sense, he said. Psychologist Scott Bea said if a winner is a poor money manager and has been unhappy in life before winning, that’s likely to continue.”It solves one problem, but it creates a half-billion others,” he said. “You have about no chance at winning this, but it really gets people excited.”His wife asked him if the couple could spend $10 on lottery tickets.
“We could probably flush it down the toilet and have the same outcome, but if it gives you some hope, why not?” Bea said.