Mega Millions Results, Numbers for 05/14/21: Did Anyone Win the $430 Million?

The winning numbers for the Mega Millions draw on May 14 were 3, 18, 41, 44 and 68. The Mega Ball was 3 and the Megaplier was 2X, according to the Mega Millions website.

The jackpot was an estimated $430 million with a cash option of $290.5 million, but did anyone take the big prize?

Again, there was no winner for the jackpot on Friday night, so it will roll over to an even bigger amount for Tuesday's drawing—when it will be worth an estimated $468 million, with a cash option of $316.2 million.

However, there was one winner of the $1 million prize on Friday, which requires matching all five winning numbers.

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A customer purchases a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a 7-Eleven store in the Loop on January 22, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. There was a $430 million jackpot for the drawing of May 15 2021. Scott Olson/Getty Images

In addition, there were 23 winners of the $10,000 prize. They managed to match four numbers plus the Mega Ball and among them, two used the Megaplier, which meant that their winnings doubled to $20,000 each.

There were also 659 winners of the $500 prize, 112 of whom played the Megaplier, while 1,899 people won $200, 382 of whom used the Megaplier. Over 1.2 million tickets won at least $2.

How Does Mega Millions work?

Mega Millions is one of the most popular multi-state lotteries in the country since it launched on August 31, 1996 as "The Big Game."

Tickets can be bought in 45 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are five states which do not sell lottery tickets; Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.

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, and 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.

Those lucky enough to take out the jackpot can either receive a cash option or take the annuity option of an initial payout which is followed by 29 annual payments that are each five percent larger than the previous ones.

The prize money keeps going on with this jackpot, but the amount is still dwarfed by the $1.05 billion that was claimed in March by an Oakland County lottery club in Michigan for a ticket bought in January.

Play Mega Millions Responsibly

The Mega Millions website says most people can play "without ill effects" however it warns that some may find that gambling of any sort "can be addictive and very damaging."

Mega Millions backs groups like Gamblers Anonymous and the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Anyone worried about whether they or a loved one have a gambling addiction can call the National Council on Problem Gambling's confidential 24-hour hotline on 800-522-4700.