Tonight’s Mega Millions drawing for $144 million will happen at 11:00 pm Eastern. This is a big one because the jackpot has finally passed $100 million! The Mega Millions winning numbers for March 2 are:
21 – 26 – 33 – 48 – 73 and a Mega Ball of 14
Mega Millions is a nationwide lottery played similar to the Powerball, but with slightly lower jackpots. Tonight’s Mega Millions is worth $144 million, or $94 million if you take the lump cash sum (before taxes.) If you want to know which Mega Millions numbers are most commonly picked, please see this story.
Because a Powerball jackpot was won on Wednesday, Mega Millions is currently your best chance at getting a huge win. Typically the Mega Millions jackpot is smaller than Powerball’s because it starts smaller and grows slower. But not this time!
The chances of winning the Mega Millions is about 1 in 258 million, similar to the chances of winning the Powerball jackpot. Each time someone doesn’t win the jackpot, the jackpot grows for the next drawing. No one won last week’s drawing, so the jackpot has grown to $135 million.
How do you know if you won the Mega Millions? You’ll need to match five white balls in any order along with the Mega Ball. If you do win, make sure you know the deadline for claiming your prize. One Powerball winner still hasn’t claimed their prize, but the deadline is still far away. (Find out more about the Powerball deadlines here.)
To learn more about Mega Millions and the Powerball, please see these stories: