Feeling lucky? The Mega Millions jackpot for February 26 is $125 million — match all five white balls and the red Mega Ball and you will be celebrating your windfall all weekend.
Scroll down for the winning numbers and find out if you beat the 1 in 259 million odds on Friday night.
There hasn’t been a winner in the past 13 drawings, so the jackpot keeps growing. If there is no winner tonight, lottery players can expect to see the Mega Millions jackpot to increase to at least $135 million for the next drawing on Tuesday, March 1.
The winning Mega Millions numbers for February 26 are: 3-15-19-62-74 MB 14
If you are the sole winner of the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday night, you won’t take home $125 million. That’s considered the “annuitized amount.” In other words, you would have to get your money paid out over time via a 30-year annuity. That equates to 30 annual payments of approximately $4,166,667 each before federal and state taxes.
— California Lottery (@calottery) February 26, 2016
If you want all of your money at once, you will be paid the cash value of the jackpot — $81.5 million. Uncle Sam will take 25 percent for federal taxes ($20,375,000) and, if you live in a state that taxes lottery winnings, a percentage will be withheld based on your state’s tax. Your cash payout will likely be in the high to mid-50 million dollar range if you have to pay state tax. That’s not a bad return on investment for a $2 ticket.
Mega Millions tickets can be purchased in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Check this list to find a lottery retailer near you.