Mega Millions Numbers for 07/16/21: Did Anyone Win the $117 Million?

According to the Mega Millions website, the winning numbers were 24, 25, 47, 52, and 57, and the Mega Ball number was 24 while the Megaplier was 4X.

There was a top prize of $117 million and a cash option of $83.9 million, but did anyone take it home last night?

Nobody matched all five numbers and the Mega Ball, so the jackpot has rolled over again for Tuesday's drawing—where it will be worth $128 million with a cash option of $91.8 million.

However there was one big winner, with one ticket from Kentucky that matched all five numbers for the $1 million prize.

With the highest Megaplier available, six out of the 15 winners of the $10,000 prize who matched four numbers and the Mega Ball, quadrupled their winnings.

There were also 302 players who won $500 by matching four numbers, 65 of whom increased their prize to $2,000 with the Megaplier.

Mega Millions ticket in Chicago
A customer purchases a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a 7-Eleven store in the Loop on January 22, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. A jackpot of $117 million was up for grabs on Friday 16 July 2021. Scott Olson/Getty

A further 776 players won $200 by matching three numbers and the Powerball, with 173 players winning $800 using the Megaplier. Over 444,000 tickets won prizes of at least $2.

While no major winners were found last night, May saw a big winner. Earlier this month a five-member group claimed their prize which saw them win the $516 million jackpot.

In what was the ninth-largest prize in the lottery's history, the jackpot winners claimed the prize as a cash, lump-sum payment. This meant that they received the prize of $348,600,000, with the total amount after federal and state taxes coming to $254,233,980.

Meanwhile, June saw a single ticket sold in Illinois take the top prize of $55 million ($38 million cash). There have been a total of four jackpot winners so far this year and there were five throughout 2020.

How Does Mega Millions work?

Since it launched in 1996, Mega Millions has been among the most popular multi-state lotteries in the country.

People in 45 states can buy tickets, which are also sold in the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The five states which do not sell lottery tickets are; Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.

For a chance to win, players can buy a ticket from a licensed lottery retailer for $2 with the option of adding the Megaplier to your ticket for an additional $1.

Mega Millions jackpots start at $20 million, while other prizes pay from $1 million to $2 million or more with a Megaplier.

Players need to choose five numbers ranging from 1 to 70 for the white balls and select one number from 1 to 25 for the gold numbers. They can also use the Easy Pick or Quick Pick option to have the numbers randomly selected.

A player who wins the lottery has the choice of claiming the prize as an annuity or as cash.

An annuity is given as one payment which is followed by 29 annual payments, with each payment worth five percent more than the previous one. Those who take the cash option get a one-time, lump-sum payment equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.

Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at WSB-TV in Atlanta where five white balls are drawn from a set numbered 1 through 70. There is one gold Mega Ball which is drawn from a set numbered 1 through 25.

With nine different ways to win a prize, the chances of winning at least $2 are 1 in 24, according to the Mega Millions website.

Those who do have a winning ticket have between 90 days and one year to redeem their ticket, depending on local rules and regulations.