As we head into the weekend, the Mega Millions estimated jackpot for Friday, March 12, sits pretty at $79 million with a cash option of $54.4 million.
Moreover, the $1 billion jackpot that hit earlier this year has finally been claimed.
Winning Mega Millions numbers for Friday, March 12
Every week, two Mega Millions drawings take place on Tuesdays and Fridays after 11 p.m. EST. Winning numbers for this evening’s drawing are posted below when available.
Winning numbers: 2 – 24 – 25 – 31 – 65 Mega Ball: 18
MI lottery club claims $1.05 billion jackpot
A four-member Michigan lottery club called the Wolverine FLL Club, stepped forward to claim the historic $1.05 billion jackpot. As a recap, the winning numbers on Jan. 22 were 04 – 26 – 42 – 50 – 60 with a gold Mega Ball of 24. Additionally, Kroger located on 47650 Grand River Avenue in Novi, MI sold the winner.
According to the Wolverine FLL Club’s attorney and representative, Kurt D. Panouses, “A club member saw a sign that the jackpot was up to $1 billion and remembered that they hadn’t bought their tickets yet, so they pulled into the Kroger.”
The prize claimed was the lump-sum payment of $776 million. Finally, after paying 24% federal tax and 4.25% state tax, the take home for the club was around $557 million.
Online lottery sales
While the historic billion-dollar jackpot’s ticket was bought at a physical lottery retailer, there is another way. The PA online lottery offers you the safety and convenience of purchasing online without setting foot into a physical lottery retailer.
Outside of Pennsylvania, there are other states that allow for online lottery sales too:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New York
No matter how you choose to buy lottery tickets, please play responsibly.