# The Mega Millions drawing on Dec. 6 had one 'Match 5' winner, but no jackpot winner

The Mega Millions drawing on Dec. 6 produced no jackpot winners, but there was one "Match 5" winner, according to the website. The jackpot was an estimated \$354 million for this drawing and had a cash option of \$189.3 million.

The winning numbers for the Dec. 6 drawing were 15-16-19-28-47 and a Megaball 13. The "Megaplier" was 3X. According to Mega Millions, a Megaplier multiplies lower-tier winnings by whatever factor the Megaplier number was, meaning in a \$1 million prize could become a \$3 million prize with a Megaplier of 3X.

The Match 5 winner had all the white ball numbers correct but missed the Megaball. The winning Match 5 ticket, which was sold in Mississippi, won \$1 million.

As Mega Million drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m., the next drawing will be Friday, Dec. 9, with an estimated jackpot of \$379 million and a cash option of \$202.6 million. Tickets to play the Mega Million lottery cost \$2, and playing the optional Megaplier adds an additional \$1. Players either pick five lottery numbers and one Megaball number, or have the lottery machine generate an randomize ticket. A Syracuse University math professor calculated that the odds of winning the Mega Millions are about 1 in 302 million.

The jackpot for the Mega Millions starts out a \$40 million. Each time a drawing occurs with no winner, the jackpot increases. Additionally, when more tickets are purchased, the jackpot grows. In 2017, the game was redesigned so that players would select fewer lottery numbers but the range of numbers to choose from was expanded to 1 - 70. These changes meant odds to win smaller lottery prizes went up but jackpot odds went down.