Mega Millions Christmas Eve Jackpot $187 Million; Washington Man Lucks Into $2.5 Million

Written By Staff on December 24, 2021

Will a lucky winner jingle all the way to the bank this Christmas Eve? Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is up to $187 million for Dec. 24. That’s $134.3 million before taxes if taken as a lump sum cash amount.

One Mega Millions player might have their stockings filled with cash this holiday season. A ticket sold in TN hit a $1 million win by matching the first five balls on Tuesday’s drawing. Tonight’s drawing is sure to spread some holiday cheer as well, so check your numbers here after the drawing at 11:00 p.m.

Winning Mega Millions winning numbers December 24, 2021

Winning numbers: 16 – 17 – 25 – 36 – 37

Mega Ball: 16

Megaplier: 2x

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Washington Winner Just Wanted Change for a $20

A lottery winner in Tacoma last week hadn’t planned on buying a lottery ticket at all. He walked into Garry’s convenience store and asked if they could break a $20 bill for him. Like many stores, they require you to make a purchase in order to open the till, so the clerk offered the man a $1 Washington Lotto ticket. The customer obliged and went about his day.

After the drawing, the man returned to the store to check his ticket, doubtful he had won anything. As luck would have it, his ticket matched all six numbers drawn to win the $2.5 million jackpot. The winner took the prize as a lump sum and chose to remain anonymous.

The store received a bonus of $25,000 for selling the winning ticket, which the owner says he’ll share with employees and use for community giveaways.

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Happy Holidays and play responsibly.

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