Mega Millions Results, Numbers for 9/15/20: Did Anyone Win the $119 Million?

The jackpot for last night's Mega Millions was estimated to be a colossal $119 million, with a cash value of $94.6 million. Here is a breakdown of the winners from last night's draw.

The winning numbers for the drawing on Tuesday, September 15, were 25, 28, 38, 59 and 62, with the Mega Ball 22 and the Megaplier 4x, according to the Mega Millions website.

One ticket purchased in Wisconsin hit the jackpot after successfully matching all white numbers and the gold Mega Ball to take home the life-changing sum of money.

A further ticket sold in Georgia matched all five numbers minus the gold Mega Ball, to take home the second-biggest prize of $1 million. If they had purchased the 4x Megaplier, their winnings would have been quadrupled to $4 million.

Thirteen tickets sold won at least $10,000 after correctly choosing four of the white balls and the gold Mega Ball. Two of those winners multiplied their winnings to $40,000 because they also purchased the additional 4x Megaplier. In total, there were 562,352 tickets purchased that won at least $2 last night.

With the jackpot being won for the first time since July 31, it means the grand prize will be reset back down to $20 million, with a cash option of roughly $15.9 million, for the next drawing at 11 p.m. E.T. on Friday, September 18.

The previous Mega Ball lottery before last night was held on Friday, September 11 when the jackpot on offer was $108 million. The winning numbers for that drawing were 3, 15, 42, 48 and 56 with the Mega Ball being 13 and the Megaplier 2x.

No person who entered for that drawing won either the jackpot of the Match 5 prize as no ticket purchased managed to match all five white numbers.

But there were 11 tickets sold nationwide that matched four of the five white balls and the Mega Ball for the $10,000 third prize. A further ticket was also purchased with the 2x Megaplier or an extra $1, doubling their winnings to $20,000.

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Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery every Tuesday and Friday night Drew Angerer/Getty Images

How does Mega Millions work?

Along with Powerball, Mega Millions is one of the most popular multi-state lotteries in the county. First launched on August 31, 1996, as The Big Game, tickets are sold in 45 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The five states not to sell lottery tickets are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.

Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at WSB-TV in Atlanta by host John Crow.

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.

According to the game's official website, the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.

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.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, shows the biggest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.

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The biggest ever lottery jackpot wins in U.S. history Statista

Why is the Mega Millions prize so low?

Jackpots used to always start at $40 million, but from April 3 this has been reduced to $20 million. Minimum jackpot increases of $5 million for each roll were also eliminated.

A press release from the Mega Millions Consortium at the time said the changes "are in direct response to slowing sales during the current global pandemic."

Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Consortium, further explained the decision to KENS.

"Typical sales patterns have been altered because the current health crisis has required people to stay home. We are concerned, first and foremost, with everyone's health and well-being. Meanwhile, these adjustments will allow the states and jurisdictions that sell Mega Millions tickets to continue generating much-needed revenue to support state budgets," he said.