Mega Millions: Who Won The $190 Million Jackpot? Powerball Jackpot Rises To $600 Million; When Will Record Lottery Numbers Get Drawn Tonight? [PHOTOS & REPORT]

By Staff Reporter May 18, 2013 11:11 AM EDT
Who won the Mega Million winning numbers? Find out here!
Who won the Mega Million winning numbers? Find out here!

The Mega Million winning number has been picked! According to reports the lucky winners who will be splitting the $190 million lottery prize are from New Jersey and Virginia. The Mega Million winning numbers were drawn on Friday night and you can bet that the fortunate winners are thanking their lucky stars!

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"A Mega Millions jackpot advertised at $190 million has been won by two tickets, one sold in New Jersey, the other in Virginia. They matched all six Mega Millions winning numbers drawn Friday night: 11, 15, 35, 43 and 49, with a Mega Ball of 41. Winners usually take the cash payout, which in this case would be $70 million each. Before taxes, of course," reported.

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Who were the Mega Million winning numbers holders? No names have been released yet but we're sure well find out soon enough. We will also learn which option the jackpot winners chose in regards to their Mega Million winnings. The May 17 winners of the Mega Million jackpot will be able to decide whether they would like $140 million in cash or choose the option of getting $190 million over the course of 26 years. Both options are before taxes.

Although congratulations are in order for the Mega Million winning number holders many are still holding their breath for tonight's Powerball drawing. The May 18 jackpot is at a record high $600 million!

The $600 Million Powerball will be announced tonight!
The $600 Million Powerball will be announced tonight!

According toe USA Today the chances of winning the mega million numbers are 1 in 175 million but that hasn't deterred dreamers from attempting to purchase the golden ticket.

"This is beyond water cooler talk,'' Iowa Lottery spokeswoman, Mary Neubauer, said. "Everyone wants a shot at it. When jackpots get to this level, we see sales three to four times normal. The universe of players expands to occasional players and a lot of first-timers jumping in."

Director of public relations for the Michigan Lottery, Andi Brancato, said that when the jackpot gets this big, numbers as well as interest continues to grow rapidly.

And if you're interested in buying a Mega Million Powerball Jackpot lottery ticket you still have time! The Powerball drawing is scheduled to occur May 18 at 10:59 p.m.

It has been reported that even if you don't end up having the winning numbers of the Powerball jackpot you could still have a chance to win one of the lesser prizes.

The executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Chuck Strutt, explained that the lesser of the Powerball jackpot prizes include a $1 million and $2 million dollar lottery ticket.

Examiner reported that the Powerball game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets for the Powerball jackpot cost $2 each so if you're feeling lucky today make sure you go and purchase your chance of winning $600 million!

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