ALBUQUERQUE – Someone is going to have a very good holiday season. One lucky New Mexico player purchased a Mega Millions with Megaplier ticket for the December 14, 2018 draw and won $4 million. The winning ticket was purchased in the Albuquerque area. The winner had not yet come forward as of Monday morning.
The winning numbers for the Mega Millions December 14, 2018 draw were: 05, 22, 26, 43, 49 and a Mega Ball of 23. The Megaplier was 4. The $4 million winning ticket matched the first five white ball numbers but not the Mega Ball. Normally, a player who matches all five white ball numbers wins $1 million. However, this player purchased Megaplier for an additional dollar which multiplies non-jackpot prizes by the Megaplier number drawn. In this instance, it quadrupled the prize!
All drawing game prizes must be claimed within 90 days from the date of the drawing or the first business day after the 90th day if the Lottery is not open for business.
Powerball® and Mega Millions Jackpots are Climbing
Meanwhile – Powerball and Mega Millions have a combined jackpot of more than half a billion. Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is $284 million and Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is $262 Million.
If either of these big jackpots land in New Mexico, it will beat the state’s previous record jackpot of $206.9 million shared by nine Powerball players from the Roswell area in September 2008.
New Mexico Lottery players have until 8:45 p.m. MT Tuesday night to buy tickets for that night’s Mega Millions jackpot and 8:00 p.m. MT Wednesday night to buy tickets for the December 19, 2018 Powerball jackpot. Tickets are $2 per wager.
The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are approximately 1 in 302 million and the odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are approximately 1 in 292 million.
Legislative Lottery Scholarships
Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $794.5 million for education and more than 116,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
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