Mega Millions, the popular lottery game, has reached an incredible milestone. With no jackpot winner in the latest drawing on Friday night, the top prize has now skyrocketed to an estimated $820 million.
A Massive Jackpot Up for Grabs
During Friday’s drawing, the winning numbers were revealed to be 29, 40, 47, 50, 57, and the gold Mega Ball 25. Unfortunately, no tickets matched all those numbers, resulting in the grand prize of $720 million remaining unclaimed.
The upcoming drawing on Tuesday night will offer the staggering amount of $820 million. However, it’s important to note that this sum will only be awarded to a winner who chooses the annuity option, paid over a span of 29 years. Most winners tend to opt for a cash payout, and for Tuesday’s drawing, this is estimated to be around $422 million.
A Historic Jackpot in the Making
This potential jackpot ranks as the fifth largest in the history of Mega Millions. The game organizers announced this exciting news in their statement released early Saturday.
Despite the long odds of winning, which stand at 1 in 302.6 million, players remain undeterred as they continue to flock to purchase tickets. The allure of such a colossal prize is simply irresistible.
The last time a Mega Millions player claimed the top prize was on April 18th.
Exciting Secondary Prizes
In addition to the elusive jackpot, Friday’s drawing resulted in eight tickets matching five white balls, earning lucky winners a prize of $1 million each. Two tickets were sold in Florida, New Jersey, and North Carolina, while one was sold in California and another in Michigan.
Powerball Jackpot Soars as Well
Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot is also climbing to near-record levels. In the recent Wednesday drawing, a modest neighborhood store in downtown Los Angeles sold the winning ticket worth an estimated $1.08 billion.
Available in Numerous Locations
Mega Millions can be played in 45 states across the United States, as well as in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It captivates the imaginations of countless individuals who hope to turn their dreams into reality by striking it rich with a single lucky ticket.