Mega Millions Jackpot Now 2nd-Biggest Ever

It's swelled to $1.35B
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2023 4:51 PM CST
Updated Jan 11, 2023 7:44 AM CST
Mega Millions Jackpot Now 5th-Largest in History
Mega Millions lottery tickets and a wager slip are displayed, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, in Derry, NH.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
UPDATE Jan 11, 2023 7:44 AM CST

The Mega Millions jackpot keeps moving in one direction: way, way up. Officials say no ticket matched Tuesday night's winning numbers of 7, 13, 14, 15, 18 and the Mega Ball 9. That means Friday night's drawing—the 26th in this run—will be for an estimated $1.35 billion jackpot, the second biggest in Mega Millions history. The only one to top it was the $1.53 billion prize won in South Carolina in 2018, the AP reports. The lottery flagged the fact that the next drawing will be on Friday the 13th, CNN reports, pointing out that "it has been rewarding for Mega Millions players over the years, with six previous jackpots won on such a day." For the superstitious: Four of those jackpots had winning tickets sold in Michigan.

Jan 10, 2023 4:51 PM CST

After nearly three months of losing lottery tickets, will someone break the trend Tuesday night and win a $1.1 billion Mega Millions jackpot? Regardless of how long it takes, the odds of winning the top lottery prize don't change, and they're formidable at 1 in 302.6 million. But someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the jackpot, which now ranks as the fifth-largest in US history, the AP reports.

The drawing is set for 11pm EST, but it usually takes a couple of hours before it's clear if there is a winner. The $1.1 billion prize is for a winner who chooses to be paid through an annuity with 30 payments over 29 years. Winners usually prefer cash, which for Tuesday night's drawing would be an estimated $568.7 million. (More Mega Millions stories.)

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