Mega Millions Results, Numbers for 10/08/19: Did Anyone Win the $55 Million Jackpot on Tuesday (Last) Night?

The Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday (last) night was an estimated $55 million dollars, but did anyone win?

The lottery numbers were drawn at 11 p.m. EST on Tuesday. The Mega Millions selected numbers were 5, 8, 10, 17, and 48. The Bonus number was 23 and the Megaplier was X3.

Nobody one the jackpot last night, but one player won the match 5. The prize was $1 million dollars but they had a Megaplier, taking their total prize up to $3 million. Ten people matched four balls and the bonus ball, with a prize of $10,000. Four of those winners had a Megaplier, making their prize $30,000. Visit the Mega Millions website to check your numbers.

The next draw takes place on Friday, October 11, at 11 p.m. EST. The estimated jackpot is $60 million with a cash option of $42.5 million.

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A Mega Millions lottery ticket. Getty

To enter Mega Millions, players pick six numbers from two pools of numbers, five numbers from 1 to 70 for the white balls, and one number from 1 to 25 for the gold Mega Ball. Tickets cost $2 per play, and the Megaplier costs an additional $1.

There are nine ways to win a Mega Millions prize, ranging from $2 to the jackpot. To win the jackpot, players must match all six winning numbers in a draw.

Winners have the option of claiming the jackpot as a cash lump sum, or as an annuity. The annuity is paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments, with each payment 5% bigger than the previous one.

According to The Washington Post, the odds of winning the jackpot in Mega Millions are 1 in 302,575,350, with players picking five numbers from 1 to 70, and a Mega number of 1 to 25. Previously, the odds were 1 in 258,890,850.

The last jackpot winner won on September 24. A ticket buyer in Ceder Park, Texas, won the jackpot of $227 million.

If you're not sure where you can play Mega Millions, check the nearest store in your state. You cannot play Mega Millions in Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Alabama or Nevada.

How was the Mega Millions lottery created?

In May 2002, New York and Ohio joined Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and Virginia to create Mega Millions, according to its website. This was when participating in multistate lotteries was at an all-time high. The first drawing for Mega Millions took place on May 17, 2002.

Washington followed in September 2002, joined by Texas in December 2003 and California, in June 2005. Then in January 2010, a cross-selling agreement between Mega Millions and Powerball went into effect, with 23 more state lotteries joining Mega Millions.