Looking for the winning Mega Millions numbers for Tuesday, Oct. 23? With a record-setting $1.6 billion jackpot, we bet you are. Check ’em out below:
- Mega ball: 5
The Megaplier is 3X.
What you need to win
If you only match one number, don’t worry. You will still earn some sort of Mega Millions prize. It may not be seven figures, or a billion dollars, but it will be a nice chunk of change. Also keep in mind that the Megaplier does not count if you win the jackpot.
During the Friday, Oct. 19 drawing, for example, there were several million-dollar winners who matched all but the yellow ball in the drawing. According to NorthJersey.com, one of the 15 million-dollar winners was from New Jersey.
OK, but what are my odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot or any prize? We’ve got those details plus the payouts below:
|# of white balls||# of yellow balls||Payout||Odds|
|5||1||Jackpot||1 : 302,575,350|
|5||0||$1 million||1 : 12,607,306|
|4||1||$10,000||1 : 931,001|
|4||0||$500||1 : 38,792|
|3||1||$200||1 : 14,547|
|3||0||$10||1 : 606|
|2||1||$10||1 : 693|
|1||1||$4||1 : 89|
|0||1||$2||1 : 37|
Note: The overall chance of winning is 1 in 24.
Claiming your ticket with the NJ Lottery
To redeem your ticket and any winnings you might have, you can take it to any New Jersey Lottery retailer for validation.
For a prize that’s worth $599.50 or less, your winnings will be given to you in cash. Hooray!
But for a prize of more than $599.50, you will need to file a tax claim form with the NJ Lottery. All retailers will have a claim form available, but you can also download the form from the NJ Lottery website.
You will receive a check from the NJ Lottery in about three weeks after submitting the claim. Keep in mind that you must have a valid ID in order to submit the claim.
What to do if you’ve won the Mega Millions jackpot
If you do have a winner, take a deep breath and don’t panic. It’s awesome that you won, but there a few things to consider.
For instance, if the prize is really big, you may want to consult an attorney before contacting the NJ Lottery office.
And here’s an important tidbit: Do not immediately sign the back of your ticket. We know it says to do that, and in order to redeem prizes, you will, of course, need to sign the ticket. But here’s why you should wait to sign the ticket:
If you pooled together with a group to purchase tickets, you may want to create a trust to put the money in first. In this way, the tax burden won’t fall on a single person (which is not fun).
But if you bought a ticket on your own, you may still want to consider a trust. The reason? It will protect your privacy. If you sign your name to the back of the ticket, the NJ Lottery has the right to release some of your personal details to the public. If you want to remain anonymous, wait to sign that ticket. And keep that ticket in a safe place until you do.