Mega Millions Results, Numbers for 1/21/20: Did Anyone Win the $116 Million Jackpot on Tuesday (Last) Night?

The winning numbers for Tuesday (last) night's Mega Millions lottery draw were 16, 18, 29, 31, and 37, the Mega Ball was 8, and the Megaplier was X3. The jackpot was an estimated $116 million with a cash option of $78 million but did anyone win the Mega Millions grand prize?

Nobody won the jackpot last night, so the jackpot for Friday, January 24, is now an estimated $130 million with a cash option of $88.1 million. The jackpot could increase depending on how many tickets are sold between now and the draw.

While nobody won the jackpot, one player, who purchased their ticket in Florida, won $1 million by matching all five balls. 15 people matched four balls and the Mega Ball and won $10,000, and five of these players multiplied their prizes to $30,000 by using the Megaplier.

Additionally, 360 people won $500 by matching four balls and 57 of these players used the Megaplier to multiply their prize to $1,500. Nearly 1,000 people won $200 by matching three balls and the Mega Ball, and 177 people used the Megaplier to multiply their prize to $600.

A further 589,285 prizes were won, ranging from $2 for matching just the Mega Ball to $30 for matching either three balls or two balls and the Mega Ball.

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A player choosing their numbers on the Mega Millions lottery. Frederic J. Brown/Getty

How to play the Mega Millions lottery?

To play the Mega Millions lottery, players must purchase a ticket for $2 from a licensed lottery retailer. Then, they choose five numbers between 1 and 70 and one number between 1 and 25 for the Mega Ball.

The next draw will take place at 11 p.m. ET on Friday, January 24, and tickets can be purchased up to an hour or two before the drawing, depending on the lottery jurisdiction. The Megaplier number which can be two, three, four or five, is chosen just before the drawing too.

The Mega Millions lottery can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The lottery is banned in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah. However, Mississippi being selling lottery tickets and Mega Millions tickets will become available on January 30, 2020.

What happens when you win the lottery?

When you win the lottery, you must collect prizes over $600 at a licensed lottery office. If you win the jackpot, you have the option of collecting the prize as an annuity, which is one initial payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments, or you can claim the prize as a cash option which is of lesser value but the money is paid out in one go.

The Mega Millions website explains how the annuity works: "For a typical jackpot of $100 million, the initial payment would be about $1.5 million, and future annual payments would grow to about $6.2 million.

"When the jackpot is $200 million, each payment is twice as big. When the jackpot is $50 million, each payment is half as big, etc."