Mega Millions Results, Numbers for 1/31/20: Did Anyone Win the $155 Million Jackpot on Friday (Last) Night?

The Mega Millions jackpot was an estimated $155 million on Friday night. The winning numbers for the January 31 draw were 28, 31, 33, 57, 62. The Mega Ball was 19, and the Megaplier was X2.

Nobody won the jackpot last night, so the jackpot for the next drawing on February 4 is now an estimated $168 million with a cash option of $118.8 million.

While nobody won the top prize, there were a number of big winners. Three players, who bought their tickets in California, North Carolina and New Jersey, matched five balls to win $1 million—and another player in Texas doubled their winnings to $2 million by matching five balls and purchasing the Megaplier feature.

Twelve others won $10,000 prizes by matching four balls and the Mega Ball, including one who used the Megaplier to win $20,000. Another 379 players won $1,000 prizes by matching four balls correctly, with 71 of those players doubling their winnings using the Megaplier.

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Mega Millions lottery ticket forms at a convenience store on the east side of Manhattan in New York. Stan Honda/AFP via Getty Images

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.

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."

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