Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs To $750 Million, As Tonight’s Powerball Prize Tops $550 Million
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — And the pot continues to grow… players in Texas and across the country will have another shot this week at one of the largest lottery jackpots.
On Friday night the Mega Millions game will offer the fifth-largest jackpot in U.S. history, after no tickets matched all the numbers in the latest drawing.
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The jackpot for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions was $625 million and lottery officials say it’s rising to an estimated $750 million. The Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday were: 12-14-26-28-33, Mega Ball: 09.
If you’re hoping to walk away with more than $1 billion you’ll also need to snag the Powerball jackpot. The big prize for Powerball is $550 million for Wednesday night’s drawing.
The jackpots promoted by lotteries refer to the winnings of those who opt for annuities paid out over 30 years — not the one-time lump sum option. Nearly all jackpot winners actually take the cash option, which would be an estimated $550.6 million for Friday’s Mega Millions drawing and $411.4 million for Powerball.
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You always hear you can’t win if you don’t play, but the odds of winning Mega Millions are one in 302.5 million. There’s a slightly better chance of winning in Powerball, where the odds are one in 292.2 million.And the pot continues to grow… lottery players in Texas and across the country will have another shot Friday night at one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history.
Texas Lottery Information
Big plates of barbecue, big cowboy hats, big lottery jackpots – everything’s bigger in Texas and the lottery games are no exception. On this page you’ll find information on the Texas Lottery and Lone Star state games like Lotto Texas and Texas Two Step, including the drawing schedule and details of top winners and prizes.
Texas Lottery Drawing Schedule
Find out the drawing days and times for the most popular games in The Lone Star State:
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Times*||Ticket Sales Close At*|
|Lotto Texas||Wednesday & Saturday||10:12 PM||10:02 PM|
|Two Step||Monday & Thursday||10:12 PM||10:02 PM|
|All or Nothing||Monday – Saturday||10:00 AM, 12:27 PM
6:00 PM, & 10:12 PM
|9:50 AM, 12:17 PM
5:50 PM & 10:02 PM
|Pick 3||Monday – Saturday||10:00 AM, 12:27 PM
6:00 PM & 10:12 PM
|9:50 AM, 12:17 PM
5:50 PM & 10:02 PM
|Daily 4||Monday – Saturday||10:00 AM, 12:27 PM
6:00 PM & 10:12 PM
|9:50 AM, 12:17 AM
5:50 PM & 10:02 PM
|Cash 5||Monday – Saturday||10:12 PM||10:02 PM|
|Powerball||Wednesday & Saturday||9:59 PM||9:00 PM|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday & Friday||10:00 PM||9:45 PM|
|*Times are shown in CT. For in-state games, ticket sales reopen 3 minutes after each drawing.|
Note: The Texas Triple Chance game closed on July 28, 2018.
Beyond Powerball and Mega Millions, Texas offers a variety of exciting games, so lasso yourself a ticket to round up your chance to win:
All or Nothing – This dramatic game offers players the chance to win the top prize of $250,000 by matching all of the 12 numbers drawn or by matching none of the numbers drawn вЂ“ All or Nothing! $2 offers you 10 ways to win, and you can play up to four times daily, six days a week (Monday through Saturday).
Lotto Texas – This popular game, which has drawings on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, is a Lone Star state favorite. Players pay $1 per line and pick six numbers from 1 to 54. If they match all six main numbers drawn, they win the jackpot!
Texas Two Step – Put on your cowboy boots and dance the Texas Two Step for the chance to win a jackpot starting at $200,000! If you snap up the top prize then you’ll automatically be given a lump sum payment. Simply buy a playcard for $1 and select four numbers from 1 to 35 along with a Bonus Ball from 1 to 35. Two Step has drawings on Monday and Thursday.
Pick 3 – Players have the chance to win four times daily, six days a week (Monday-Saturday). You can play your lucky numbers, and also be strategic by choosing a play style. Pick 3 offers tickets for $0.50, $1, or $5 per play with a top prize of $500. To play, choose three one-digit numbers from 0-9, or select Quick Pick to have them chosen for you at random. Choose one of the four play styles: Exact Order, Any Order, Exact/Any, or Combo.
Daily 4 – Daily 4 offers lots of ways to play and win four times a day, Monday-Saturday. The minimum play is $0.50 and there are five play types to choose from. Daily 4 is the first game with the Pair Play! option. You can play the first two, middle two or last two numbers. For example: 12XX, X12X, XX12.
Playing Daily 4 is easy. Choose four single-digit numbers (or two single-digit numbers for Pair Play) from 0-9 (or use Quick Pick and your numbers will be automatically chosen at random). Mark how you want to play your numbers; there are four options: Straight (Exact Order), Box (Any Order), Straight/Box (Exact/Any Order) and Combo. OR two single-digit numbers for Front Pair, Mid Pair or Back Pair.
Cash Five – This exciting game offers cash prizes for matching 2, 3, 4, or 5 numbers out of 35. All prizes are paid as a single lump sum, including the top prize. Drawings are held Monday through Saturday, giving you the chance to win six times a week!
Scratch Tickets – Want to feel the thrill of a big lottery win without waiting around for a draw to take place? The Texas Lottery offers several scratch-off games which are available for purchase at authorized retailers. Tickets can be purchased for as little as $1 and bigger games offer top prizes that can rival those of Lotto Texas! If instant gratification is your thing, then these instant win games are for you!
Top 10 Texas Lottery Winners
Below you’ll find the positively Texas-sized top 10 Lone Star state lottery winners for games including Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto Texas!
|Amount||Cash or Annuity?||Date||Winner Details|
|$564.1M||Unknown||Feb. 11, 2015||A winning ticket for the $564.1M Powerball jackpot, the fifth-largest jackpot in U.S. history, was sold at the Appletree Food Mart in Princeton, Texas.|
|$144M||Annuity: Annual payments totalling $144 million over 26 years.||Feb. 5, 2010||William R. Kiefer of Katy won the largest prize ever paid by the Texas Lottery Commission. He matched all five numbers and the Mega Ball in the Jan. 29 Mega Millions drawing. He planned to donate a large percentage of his winnings to good causes. The Short Stop Market in Katy sold the lucky ticket.|
|$128M||Unknown||Jul. 6, 2007||The H & H Trust of Dallas won the highest Mega Millions jackpot ever awarded in Texas.|
|$122M||Cash: $73,572,690 (before taxes)||Feb. 1, 2007||The Crump, Allen & Lewis General Partnership of Amarillo became the fourth Texas claimant of a Mega Millions jackpot for the Jan. 9 drawing – the largest Mega Millions prize ever claimed in Texas. The ticket was purchased at the Taylor Petro Co. in Amarillo.|
|$112M||Cash: $68,208,778 (before taxes).||Mar. 11, 2005||MAL HOLDINGS, LP of Rowlett was the second Texas claimant of a Mega Millions jackpot. Dalrock Grocery in Rowlett sold the winning ticket for the March 1 drawing.|
|$101M||Unknown||Oct. 4, 2004||Carrollton resident Ut Van Nguyen was the first Texas player ever to claim a Mega Millions jackpot, matching all 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball for the drawing on October 2.|
|$94M||Cash: $53,131,991 (before taxes).||Jun. 13, 2006||Martha Cuellar of El Paso became the third Texas claimant of a Mega Millions jackpot. The ticket was purchased at Good Time Store #12 in El Paso for the May 16 draw.|
|$75M||Cash: $45,014,921.84 (before taxes).||Oct. 4, 2004||Lotto Texas celebrated its 500th winner with the jackpot claimed by Panjo Investments, Ltd and Tremarcor, LLC. The Quick Mart located at 2100 Marina Bay Drive in League City sold the winning ticket for the April 7 drawing.|
|$70M||Cash: Over $42.8M, before taxes.||Jan. 31, 2004||A single Lotto Texas ticket in Houston matched all five numbers plus the Bonus Ball, delivering Heliodoro Cuenca a huge win.|
|$60M||Cash: $34.1M, before taxes.||Sep. 13, 2000||LOJO Partners of Richardson claimed the largest Lotto Texas single-winner jackpot prize to date. Lois Loden and John Osorio, the partnership’s representatives, purchased $15 worth of tickets at the Albertson’s at 111 N. Plano, Richardson, for the Sept. 9 drawing.|
Claiming a Prize
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in Texas. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.
Yee-haw! You’ve won a Texas Lottery prize! Before you start buying a fleet of cars or a fancy home in Dallas, make sure that you understand the rules on how to claim prizes.
Winning tickets are valid for 180 days from the draw date, or the game end date for scratch-offs.
Prizes up to $5 million can be claimed by mail. If you won $599 or less, you can also bring your signed ticket to any authorized Texas Lottery retailer in order to claim your winnings.
For prizes over $5 million and jackpot prizes for Lotto Texas, Mega Millions, or Powerball, organize an appointment to claim in Austin: call 512-344-5049 or email [email protected]
There is no state withholding on prizes worth less than $5,000 unless you’re a non-resident alien – that is, a foreign visitor in Texas. If you’re a U.S. citizen and Texas resident, you should only be responsible for federal withholding taxes on larger prizes
Claim a prize by mail
Prizes up to $5 million can be claimed by mail. Fill out the back of your ticket and a claim form and mail to:
Texas Lottery Commission
ATTN: Austin Claim Center
PO Box 16600
Austin, TX 78761-6600
Claims may take 4-6 weeks to be processed.
History of the Texas Lottery
The Texas Lottery has been paying out great prizes to lucky winners since the first tickets went on sale on May 29th, 1992, racking up over $43 billion in life-changing windfalls. However, the biggest winner of all has to be the education system in the Lone Star State. The Texas Lottery has contributed $22 billion to Texas education through the Foundation School Fund since 1997. The Texas Lottery also supports veterans’ services and other crucial state programs, generating a total of over $28 billion for good causes in the state.
You need to be 18 years or older to play Texas Lottery games.Get the latest Texas Lottery information including drawing schedule, winners, and prizes for games such as Lotto Texas, Two Step, Powerball and Mega Millions. ]]>