Mega Millions Jackpot Surges to $421M; Powerball Hits $100M


Could fate be knocking at your door? If you’re feeling a rush of good fortune, then the buzz around Tuesday night’s Mega Millions lottery draw might interest you. Teasing gamblers and dreamers alike, the jackpot is an enticing $421 million, with a staggering lump sum cash option of $196.4 million, as per the official Mega Millions website.

This jaw-dropping grand prize hasn’t been snagged since March 26, when it was claimed by a lucky lottery player in New Jersey. This stroke of luck scored this individual a breath-taking windfall of $1.128 billion, recording it as the fifth largest Mega Millions win ever.

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Let’s not forget about the growing Powerball jackpot, which is sitting at a hefty $100 million for Wednesday’s drawing. Those choosing the upfront cash option could find themselves $47 million richer as stated on the official Powerball website.

Curious about the winning numbers for the Mega Millions draw on Tuesday, May 21, 2024? Here they are: 2 – 5 – 8 – 28 – 69, with Megaball 14, and a Megaplier of 2x. Mega Millions enthusiasts partake in these exhilarating drawings every Tuesday and Friday precisely at 11 p.m.

So, how does one stake their claim in this high-stakes game? It’s as simple as purchasing a $2-ticket. But for those seeking to up the ante, an additional $1 can secure the Megaplier, which can multiply your non-jackpot winnings by up to five times.

Players select five numbers from 1 to 70 for the white balls and one number from 1 to 25 for the Mega Ball. If deciding feels like too much pressure, no worries- the lottery machine can generate a random Quick Pick for you. And fear not, friends from afar. Purchasing tickets isn’t limited to U.S. citizens or residents of specific states.

Eyeing a prize? Matching just the Mega Ball can yield a modest, yet welcomed $2 prize. However, if luck truly favors you, matching all five white balls could land you with a whopping $1 million – the sky’s the limit!

Tickets are readily available at gas stations, grocery stores, convenience stores, and even some airport terminals. Additionally, lottery tickets can be digitally purchased via Jackpocket, the authorized digital lottery courier, for those residing in various U.S. states.

To ensure you don’t miss out, mind the purchasing deadline for Mega Millions tickets, which can range from an hour to 15 minutes before the draw, depending on the state. Certain lottery apps like Jackpocket may have slightly earlier deadlines.

Now, just to temper expectations a little bit. With winning odds at 302,575,350-to-1 for the jackpot and 12,607,306-to-1 to match all five white balls, players should perhaps hold off on planning mega purchases.

Should a lucky player hit that coveted jackpot, they can choose between annuity (paid out over time, with 29 annual payments increasing by 5% each year) and cash options (a significantly lower lump sum payout). Certain states even allow winners to protect their newfound privacy by remaining anonymous.

Loaded with possibility and thrill, the largest recorded jackpots in Mega Millions history range from a mind-boggling $1.602 billion won in Florida, to a life-altering $536 million claimed in Indiana. And the largest jackpot ever won in the United States? A breathtakingly impressive $2.04 billion Powerball prize bagged in California.

So, with so much at stake, perhaps it’s time to take your chances. Who knows? It could indeed be your lucky day.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.