Mega Millions Results, Numbers for 8/7/20: Did Anyone Win the $22 Million?

Last night's (Friday) Mega Millions jackpot was estimated at $22 million, with a cash value of $18 million. But did anyone win the lot last night?

The winning numbers were 4, 44, 53, 64, and 70 according to the Mega Millions website. The Mega Ball was 3 and the Megaplier was 2x.

Nobody managed to take home the top prize by purchasing a ticket that matched all white numbers and the gold Mega Ball, meaning the grand prize rolls over to the next drawing on Tuesday.

No one matched all five white balls to take home the second biggest prize of $1 million either, with a $2 million possible win combined with a 2x Megaplier ticket.

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A woman fills out a Mega Millions lottery ticket. The Mega Millions jackpot was not won last night, but there were plenty of winners of lower amounts. ANGELA WEISS / AFP/Getty Images

There were 6 tickets purchased that matched four of the white balls and the gold Mega Ball, thus winning $10,000. One of those winners had also purchased the additional 2x Megaplier to double their winnings to $20,000.

As the jackpot wasn't won, it now increases in size to roughly $24 million and a cash option of $19.7 million for the next drawing at 11pm E.T. on August 11.

In last night's draw 162 people match four white balls and won $500, plus 30 people bought Megaplier tickets doubling their winnings to $1000.

A total of 517 people matched three white balls with the gold ball, each winning $200, 123 of these people doubled their winnings to $400 with Megaplier tickets.

More than 13,000 people bagged $10 in last night's draw, around 5,000 of these doubled their money with Megaplier tickets.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was on October 23, 2018, when a $1.586 billion prize was won.

How does Mega Millions work?

Mega Millions, along with Powerball, is one of the most popular multi-states lotteries in the country. First launched on August 31, 1996, tickets are sold in 45 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

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.

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.