After no one matched all six numbers on Tuesday night to claim the top prize, the enormous Mega Millions lottery jackpot increased to $1.02 billion.
The new anticipated jackpot will rank as the fourth-largest lottery prize in the country.
Since April 15, nobody has matched all six of the game’s chosen numbers, which has resulted in the jackpot growing significantly. That’s 29 lotteries in a row without a significant winner.
The numbers for Tuesday were 07-29-60-63-66; the Mega Ball was 15.
For winners who select the annuity option, which is paid out annually over 30 years, the prize is worth $1.02 billion. The majority of winners choose the cash option, which for the upcoming drawing on Friday night is anticipated to be $602.5 million.
One in 302.5 million people have a chance of winning the jackpot.
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Mega Millions is available in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands. State lotteries coordinate the game.
Despite the fact that no one hit the jackpot on Tuesday, several winners received large payouts. After matching the first five numbers, eight tickets won $1 million each.
Another winning ticket sold in Ohio that matched the first five numbers was worth $3 million because it included an optional Megaplier purchased for $1 more.
According to the Mega Millions website, if a winning ticket is found on Friday, the $1.02 billion jackpot will be the third largest in the game’s 20-year history.
According to the lottery, the largest Mega Millions jackpot was $1.537 billion on October 23, 2018, for a ticket sold in South Carolina. On January 22, 2022, a group of four players in Michigan won a $1.05 billion jackpot.
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According to Kilbane, the Mega Millions website received 62 million requests in 24 hours. The Mega Millions website was so busy Tuesday night that it went down shortly after the 11 p.m. drawing — though it appeared to improve as traffic slowed.
This year, four Mega Millions jackpots were won in Tennessee, California, New York, and Minnesota.