No ticket matched all the numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, and the jackpot will now exceed the $1 billion mark for the next drawing.
Friday night’s drawing from the multi-state game is listed at $1.02 billion, making it tied for the second-highest jackpot ever in Mega Millions history. It comes with a cash option of 602.5 million
Tuesday night’s draw was the third highest of all time at $830 million, or a cash pick of $487.9 million.
Tuesday’s winning numbers are: 7 – 29 – 60 – 63 – 66 Mega Ball: 15
Even without a big winner, there were a few ticket buyers who will be a little richer after Tuesday’s drawing. Lottery officials say nine tickets were sold that matched five of the six winning numbers — each worth at least $1 million or more.
One of those tickets sold in Ohio with the megaplier option is worth $3 million.
The California Lottery says a ticket sold to Baker with five matching numbers will have a payout of $2.9 million. California uses a pari-mutuel system with payments that differ from those in other states.
The other seven tickets are believed to be worth $1 million each. They were sold in Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.
The jackpot has grown so big because it hasn’t had a winner in three months. Those 29 consecutive draws without anyone matching six numbers allowed the jackpot to gradually grow from its starting point of $20 million in April.
Mega Millions is played every Tuesday and Friday night. In the game’s 20-year history, 221 players have won the Mega Millions jackpot.
The Top Five Mega Millions Jackpots Won
1. $1.5 billion – South Carolina, October 2018
2. $1 billion – Michigan, January 2021
3. $656 million – Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, March 2012
4. $648 million – California, Georgia, December 2013
5. $543 million – California, July 2018
Mega Millions is played in 45 states plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.6 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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