Friday's Mega Millions drawing worth $201 millionPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX – What would you do with $201 million? Buy a lottery ticket and start dreaming because that’s the estimated jackpot for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing.
If you win, you have the option of taking an annuity, which is paid over 26 years, or a one-time lump-sum cash payment, which, for the $201 million jackpot, works out to about $128.3 million. There have been four jackpot-winning Mega Millions tickets sold this year.
The first two shared a whopping $380 million jackpot on Jan. 4. That jackpot was the fourth largest in U.S. history and the second largest in Mega Millions history.
The second two winning ticket split a $93 million jackpot on Feb. 1.
None of those winning tickets was purchase in Arizona. Two Arizona tickets, however, did win $250,000 each in the big Jan. 4 drawing.
Arizona joins 40 other states and the District of Columbia in the Mega Millions game. Tickets are $1 and the starting jackpot is $12 million. Drawings are done every Tuesday and Friday.
In addition to the jackpot, Mega Millions prizes range from $2 to $250,000. There are nine winning ball combinations. To win the whole enchilada, players must match a total of six numbers -- five regular numbers plus the Mega Ball.
Odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 176 million. In comparative terms, you have a better chance of being struck by lighting some time during your life. The odds of that are 1 in 6,250.
The odds of winning are better when you look at all of the Mega Millions prize levels together. You have roughly a 1 in 40 chance of winning something.
According to the Arizona Lottery website, the 10 most-drawn numbers in the Mega Millions game are 12, 13, 20, 10, 11, 2, 18, 19, 26 and 28. The five least-drawn numbers are 25, 49, 51, 5 and 22. The most-drawn gold ball (the Mega Ball) is 25; the least-drawn gold ball is 3.
If you're planning to buy a ticket for Friday night's drawing, you have until 6:59 p.m. to do so.