One winner won $96 million grand prize from the Mega Millions drawing Tuesday night

California Mega Millions Payout and News
Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 01:23 AM

Someone is celebrating in , and for good reason. A single ticket has won the jackpot from the most recent Mega Millions drawing. Lottery officials said the winning ticket from Tuesday night's drawing worth $96 million was purchased in . The identity of the newest millionaire has not been determined, nor has the location of the ticket purchase. The numbers from Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 drawing were 01, 36, 44, 54, 66 and the Mega Ball was 10, Megaplier was 3. The winner can take a cash option worth $69.4 million before taxes, or choose to receive 30-year annuity option with annual payment in the amount of $3.69 million before taxes. The jackpot winner is encouraged to sign the ticket, put it in a secure place and get in touch with lottery officials as soon as possible. Jackpot winner has the opportunity to select the cash value of the jackpot while claiming the prize. If the winner doesn't make choice, the payment option will revert to annuity by default.

Besides the grand prize hit on Tuesday, more players walked away with large winnings. There was a single lucky player that correctly matched all five lotto numbers and won the second prize. The 1 lucky ticket(s) bought in , each won $1,000,000 cash by matching all 5 white ball numbers.

Also, 9 tickets matched 4 of the 5 lotto numbers, as well as the Mega Ball number. Those tickets are each worth $10,000. Additional prizes won Tuesday night included 236 tickets that matched four white numbers and won $500. Other prizes won included 717 tickets that matched 3 white numbers plus the Mega Ball and won $200.

With nine prize tiers, there were 1,233,216 winning tickets sold across U.S. in the Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 drawing.

The upcoming Mega Millions drawing, Friday night, will feature a jackpot of $20 million with the cash option at $14.2 million.

Mega Millions is an U.S. popular lottery game offered in 44 lottery jurisdictions as a pari-mutuel jackpot game. Roughly 50% of the Mega Millions sales goes back on the players through prize winnings. Approximately 15% goes to retailer commissions and lottery operation expenses. Around 35% total sales is used to support government services, education and charities in the member lottery states. Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 7:59 PM Pacific Time. To play, choose 5 numbers from a set of 70 and pick a Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. The minimum Mega Millions advertised grand prize starts at 40 million dollar. The annuity option is paid in 30 equal yearly installments. Winners can select one time lump-sum cash payout option instead.

Contrary to other Mega Millions states, all the nine prize levels of California Mega Millions are pari-mutuel, as opposed to non-jackpot prize having a fixed amount. This leads to different prize amounts for equivalent winning tickets sold in California when compared to those sold in other 43 Mega Millions states. For example, the 2nd Mega Millions prizes is $1,000,000 could pay the winner over $1000,000 due to the pari-mutuel payout system of California lottery. For the same reason, California state lottery does not have Megaplier like other Mega Millions states.

There were 77,861 Mega Millions winning tickets sold in the state of California. Find below the CA Mega Millions payout highlights for the Tuesday night's drawing.

  • 1 ticket(s) matched 5 of 5 and won $134,768 each. In the past 1 year, tickets matched 5 of 5 in CA Mega Millions drawing, won from $79,529 to $2,881,341, with an average of $910,556 payout.
  • 1 ticket(s) matched 4 of 5 + Megaball and won $18,671 each. In the past 1 year, tickets matched 4 of 5 + Megaball in CA Mega Millions drawing, won from $2,478 to $42,828, with an average of $13,923 payout.
  • 27 ticket(s) matched 4 of 5 and won $778 each. In the past 1 year, tickets matched 4 of 5 in CA Mega Millions drawing, won from $154 to $975, with an average of $508 payout.
  • 110 ticket(s) matched 3 of 5 + Megaball and won $217 each. In the past 1 year, tickets matched 3 of 5 + Megaball in CA Mega Millions drawing, won from $98 to $280, with an average of $204 payout.

To find if you are among the California Mega Millions top prize winners in Tuesday, February 16th, 2021's drawing, check below lucky stores where these tickets were sold.

  • Detailed Draw Results For California



Tue Feb 16, 2021 MEGA Millions Payout of U.S.
Numbers MatchedPrizes# Winners
5 of 5 + Megaball$96,000,0001
5 of 5$1,000,0001
4 of 5 + Megaball$10,0009
4 of 5$500236
3 of 5 + Megaball$200717
3 of 5$1016,847
2 of 5 + Megaball$1016,079
1 of 5 + Megaball$4133,362
Megaball Only$2347,868


Tue Feb 16, 2021 MEGA Millions Payout of California
Numbers MatchedPrizes# Winners
5 of 5 + Megaball$96,000,0000
5 of 5$134,7681
4 of 5 + Megaball$18,6711
4 of 5$77827
3 of 5 + Megaball$217110
3 of 5$112,589
2 of 5 + Megaball$102,462
1 of 5 + Megaball$420,256
Megaball Only$252,415


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