Mega Millions Is $1.35 Billion, Can You Buy Tickets Online In New York State?
New Yorkers have a shot at winning a massive billion-dollar jackpot on Friday, but can you buy a ticket online? Since no one won the jackpot on Tuesday, Friday's drawing is for $1.35 billion or a cash option of $707.9 million.
Can You Buy A Mega Millions Ticket Online In New York State?
While some people enjoy the thrill of going into the corner store or bodega to buy their Mega Millions ticket, other folks just don't have the time. If you're in the latter group, can you use the convenience of the Internet to buy your ticket?
YES! Times have definitely changed and technology makes it even easier (kind of) to play the lottery. New York is one of the states that allows residents to use Lotto.com to buy tickets for Mega Millions, Powerball, Pick 10, and Cash4Life.
Now, here's why I said it's kind of easier. If you don't already have an account set up with Lotto.com you'll need to do that. You'll have to provide your personal information, email, and upload an ID. It's a bit more time-consuming to set up than just walking into a store, but if you play frequently, it may be an option that works for you.
Does New York Allow People To Buy Lottery Tickets With A Credit Card?
You might be short on cash and want to buy some tickets with a credit card, but is it allowed?
According to Motley Fool, some states do not allow people to use their credit cards to purchase lottery tickets,
In many states, you aren't legally allowed to use a credit card to buy lottery tickets. There are laws that specifically prohibit merchants from accepting credit cards for these purchases.
New York is actually one state that does permit lottery ticket purchases with a credit card, according to Motley Fool. It's not a 100 percent guarantee that you can use your card to buy a ticket, as your credit card issuer may have a rule against it or they may treat it as a cash advance.
The winning numbers for the last drawing, on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, were 7, 13, 14, 15, and 18 for the white balls and 9 for the gold ball. There were three Mega Millions Match 5 winners from here in NY.
Mega Millions Jackpot Is Now The Fourth Biggest In History
The jackpot has been growing since October 14, the last time it was won. Winners who bought tickets in California and Florida split the $502 million prize. According to the Associated Press, there have been 3 jackpots bigger than the upcoming drawing (only one Mega Millions jackpot):
1. Nov. 8, 2022 - $2.04 billion jackpot, Powerball Drawing
2. Jan. 13, 2016 - $1.586 billion jackpot, Powerball Drawing
3. Oct. 23, 2018 - $1.537 billion jackpot, Mega Millions Drawing
Since Mega Millions began in May 2002, there have been 11 winning jackpots of $500 million or more, including three that exceeded $1 billion. The current record jackpot is $1.537 billion, won in South Carolina on October 23, 2018.
The last jackpot winner in New York was on March 8, 2022, when Herman Kahan of Brooklyn won $128 million ($85.8 million cash).
The next drawing for the Mega Millions will be on Friday, January 13, at 11 pm.