Mega Millions Results, Numbers for 7/31/20: Did Anyone Win the $22 Million?

Amazingly only one week after the Mega Millions lottery jackpot was reset after a single ticket in New Jersey won $124 million dollars, another person had a lucky day in Friday's draw, correctly choosing all five numbers and the Mega Ball.

According to the Mega Millions website, the winning numbers were 12, 35, 46, 48 and 69. The Mega Ball was 23 and the Megaplier was 2x. The lucky winning ticket was purchased in California.

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot was $22 million, with a cash value of $17.9 million. The top prize has now been reset again for the next draw on August 4, with a $20 million prize, and a cash option of $16.3 million.

The top prize may have gone for the second week in a row but there were no winners of the second biggest prize available as no tickets matched all five white balls to secure a $1 million payout.

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A man walks past a newsstand with advertisements for the Mega Millions lottery, October 23, 2018 in New York City. The draw on Friday July 31 2020 saw one winner match all the numbers. Getty Images/Drew Angerer

There were six tickets sold nationwide that matched four of the five white balls and the Mega Ball for the $10,000 third prize. None of those winners used the Megaplier which would have doubled their money.

Some 175 players won $500 by matching four numbers and, of those winners, 41 won $1,000 using the Megaplier. Additionally, 490 people won $200 by matching three numbers and the Mega Ball, and 107 of them doubled their prize to $400 using the Megaplier.

Over 22,000 players won $10 by either matching three numbers or two numbers and the Mega Ball and over 5,000 of these players won $20 using the Megaplier.

Before last week's big win, the previous Mega Millions jackpot was on June 9 where one lucky person from Arizona won $410 million, the 10th largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was on October 23, 2018, when a $1.586 billion prize was won.

What is Mega Millions?

Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery that first launched on August 31, 1996. One of the most popular lotteries in the country, tickets are sold in 45 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Jackpots used to always start at $40 million, but since the coronavirus pandemic this has been reduced to $20 million.

Five white balls are drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 70, with one gold Mega Ball drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 25. With nine different ways to win a prize, your chances of winning at least $2 are 1 in 24, according to the Mega Millions website.

If you are a lucky winner, you will have between 90 days and one year to redeem your ticket, depending on local rules and regulations. All jackpot winners are entitled to either a cash option or an annuity option of an initial payout followed by 29 annual payments that are each five percent larger than the previous ones. All prizes are subject to income taxes.