Mega Millions Jackpot Surpasses $600 Million, Now Fifth Biggest in History

The Mega Millions jackpot jumped to $630 million after no winner was declared on Tuesday, making it the fifth-biggest prize in multi-state lottery game history.

Lottery organizers announced on Wednesday that the jackpot had continued to climb after no ticket matched the six numbers drawn a day earlier. If a Mega Millions ticket matches the numbers drawn on Friday, it will be the biggest amount since a ticket in Michigan won a $1 billion prize last year.

Friday’s draw, which has an option cash value of $359.7 million, will be the 28th jackpot in a series that began April 19 after no tickets (which usually cost around $2) were sold out. has been won. On Tuesday, the prize money increased to $555 million. But none of the tickets included the 2, 31, 32, 37 and 70 white balls, plus the 25 gold Mega Ball.

Since it launched in 1996 as the “Big Game,” Mega Millions’ biggest prize has been a $1.537 billion ticket from South Carolina in 2018, according to its website. At the moment, the game is available in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands.

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has reached $630 million, its fifth biggest prize ever. Above, a customer buys a Mega Millions ticket at a 7-Eleven store in the Loop on January 22, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Although no tickets matched all six numbers in the current series, Mega Millions organizers claim that there were over 17.9 million tickets that matched some of the numbers. These won cash prizes, including 29 in 16 states worth $1 million or more.

A ticket purchased in Northern California matched five numbers and was worth $629,000 after it was bought at a gas station in Turlock, a small town about 100 miles east of San Francisco, according to the California Lottery.

A Mega Millions ticket worth $1 million that was sold at a Phoenix gas station was unclaimed as of Wednesday afternoon, reports the Republic of Arizona.

“As we cross that half million threshold and start getting closer to a billion dollars, the excitement really skyrockets and so even more people decide to take the opportunity to achieve their dreams and to buy a Mega Millions ticket, so there’s really no telling how much the next Mega Millions jackpot could skyrocket,” said Arizona Lottery spokesman John Gilliland. , the newspaper.

Before the last streak without tickets matching all six numbers, three more Mega Millions jackpots were won earlier this year, starting with a $426 million prize in California on January 28, followed by a $128 million winner. in New York on March 8 and a $110 million windfall in Minnesota on April 12.

Last year, six Mega Millions jackpots produced prizes ranging from $56 million to $1 billion.


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