Mega Millions Results, Numbers for 12/27/19: Did Anyone Win the $50 Million Jackpot on Friday (Last) Night?

The winning numbers for the Mega Millions lottery game for December 27, offering a jackpot prize of $50 million with a cash value option of $33.7 million, were revealed on Friday at 11 p.m. ET.

Here are the numbers drawn on Friday night, according to the Mega Millions website.

  • First Five: 17-34-40-63-64
  • Mega Ball: 24
  • Megaplier: 4x

There were no winners of the jackpot prize or second prize winners, who would have received a $1 million payout for matching all five white balls correctly.

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Seven lucky winners did manage to match the first four white balls and the yellow Mega Ball correctly, which earned them each $10,000, although none of them managed to get the Megaplier prize of $40,000.

There were 177 winners who managed to get four numbers, entitling them to $500, with 30 Megaplier winners quadrupling their winnings to $2,000.

The jackpot has now been set to $55 million with a cash option of $37 million. The next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, December 31, at 11 p.m. ET.

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Mega Millions lottery tickets in a store. Drew Angerer/Getty

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2019's big winners

The most recent jackpot winner was on December 17. The winning numbers of the Mega Millions draw for December 17 were 22, 30, 53, 55 and 56, with the Mega Ball of 16 and a Megaplier of 2x. One lucky person matched all white numbers and the yellow Mega Ball, bagging a $375 million payout (with a cash option of $253.5 million).

The winning ticket was purchased in Mentor, Ohio, at a Giant Eagle supermarket, ABC11 reported. The payout was the 14th largest prize winning in the history of the game, according to ABC7NY. The most recent win was the 7th jackpot win of this year and the third largest prize awarded in 2019.

There have been a number of big winners this year, with the largest being a $522 million prize ($340 million cash) won by Laarni Bibal on June 7 with a ticket bought in San Diego, California.

Bibal took her time before she claimed her prize and said she would use the money to pay off her debt and purchase a house. When asked where she kept the ticket while waiting to claim, she replied, "In a secret hiding place." When asked where that was, she said, "I can't tell you. The secret hiding place is still a secret!" according to the Mega Millions website.

Coming in as 2019's second biggest winner, was the $437 million ($262.2 million cash) won on January 1, 2019 by New Life 2019, LLC, a group of 23 co-workers from Long Island, N.Y.

How to play Mega Millions

Mega Millions is one of the most popular lotteries in the country, with tickets available in 44 states as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Drawings are held twice a week, every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. ET, with five white balls drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 to 70, while one Mega Ball is chosen from a set of balls numbered 1 to 25.

When there are no winners of the jackpot, the money is added to the jackpot for the following drawing. There are 9 ways of winning a prize, from $2 to the jackpot, and the overall chances of winning a prize are 1 in 24, according to the Mega Millions website.

The chances of winning is not linked to the number of tickets sold and even if more tickets are sold in a particular draw, the odds of winning stay the same.

When it comes to PowerPlay, the website states that for an additional $1 per play, non-jackpot prizes can be multiplied 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X or 10X. The multiplier number is randomly chosen before each numbers draw. The 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less.

Potential winners can watch the Powerball numbers draw on the Powerball website or local affiliated CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC, CW and Telemundo TV channels. A full list can be found on the Powerball website.

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