Winning numbers announced for $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

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The winning numbers have been drawn in Tuesday's Mega Millions lottery, worth an estimated $1.6 billion.

At Holiday gas station in Escanaba, the business sold over $700 in Mega Million tickets by 1 p.m. Monday, according to Assistant Manager Shannon Thompson.

But remember, you can't win if you don't play. There are a total of nine ways to win a prize in Mega Millions, ranging from the jackpot down to $2. He said the store gets really busy on drawing days, which are Tuesdays and Fridays.

Here's how Mega Millions used to work: Players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number from 1 to 15.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The winning numbers are 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 with a Mega Ball of 5.

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Add it all up and your takeaway from the $904 million Mega Millions lump sum is somewhere between $569.5 million and $490 million, a lot less than you started with (though there's plenty left over to buy yourself something luxurious). They had just passed a lottery billboard with the latest Mega Millions jackpot, he told lottery officials.

"Everyone wants to have a chance for that dream", said Melissa Brock, cashier at Valley News And Booze, Spring Valley, on Monday morning.

Joe Nelson of Princeton would put the winnings in a bank and let it grow.

"When they first opened I bought a scratch off here and it was $10,000", Beyeler said.

The Missouri Lottery recommends people also have a plan for notifying group members if they win, figuring out who would be the group spokesperson and maybe even decide what outsider would serve as financial planner. He was one of a steady flow of people to stop in Chuck's Grocery around lunchtime. He says many say go on vacation, give to family or charity.

"The important thing is you have to make sure that you pay attention to the inventory, and if you do that, you'll be surprised at what it'll do for you down the road", said Musto, Musto Tax and Insurance Services.

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