For the first time this year, the Mega Millions jackpot has broken the $1 billion mark after no top prize tickets were sold for Tuesday night’s draw. The jackpot is now estimated to be a whopping $1.02 billion, or a $602.5 million cash option.
It is still the third largest lottery Mega Millions has ever had, albeit probably not for long, with a $1.05 billion winning ticket in Michigan in second place in 2021 and a $1.537 billion winning ticket in Michigan. South Carolina in 2018 with the highest record, according to the lottery’s records.
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No one has won the Mega Millions since April 15, when a ticket in Tennessee won $20 million.
The most recent numbers from Tuesday’s draw were 7, 29, 60, 63 and 66. The Mega Ball was 15 and the Megaplier was 3X.
While the huge jackpot has still not been claimed, there were $1 million Match 5 winners in California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, two in New Jersey and two in New York. There was also a $3 million Match 5 + Megaplier winner in Ohio.
The next draw is on Friday, July 29 at 11 PM.
Whether you’ve played before or if this is your first time trying your luck at the Mega Millions, here’s what you need to know before the next draw.
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When are the Mega Millions draws?
Mega Millions draws are Tuesday and Friday at 11pm. Ticket sales end at 10:45 PM in Kentucky and Indiana.
How to play the Mega Millions
Tickets to Mega Millions cost $2 each.
There are a total of nine ways to win a prize, from the jackpot to $2.
Choose five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25.
Choose Easy Pick or Quick Pick to let the terminal pick numbers for you at random. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in the draw.
What is the Megaplier?
Most states offer the Megaplier feature, which increases non-jackpot prizes by two, three, four and five times.
It costs $1 extra per game. The Megaplier is drawn for every regular Mega Millions draw. From a pool of 15 balls, five are marked “2X”, three “4X” and one “5X”.
Where to buy Mega Millions tickets
You can play Mega Millions in 47 cities: 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. Search the Mega Millions website to find locations.
In Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, you can buy a Mega Millions ticket at gas stations, convenience stores, and grocery stores until 10:45 p.m. on drawing night.
In Kentucky, residents can also purchase tickets online at www.KYLottery.com.
In Ohio, residents can use the Lottery Card available at Kroger, Buehler’s Fresh Foods, and Giant Eagle stores. It allows Ohio consumers to participate in drawing games on their phones and be notified and paid electronically if they win. You can also purchase tickets online at www.OhioLottery.com.
What was the biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever?
In 2018, a winning ticket in South Carolina sold for a top prize of $1.537 billion, which was the world’s largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket.
In January 2021, a winning ticket in Michigan was sold for $1.05 billion.
What happens if I win Mega Millions?
Mega Millions offers two options.
You can take out an annuity, where you are paid immediately in one lump sum, followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5% greater than the previous one.
There is also the cash option, a one-time, flat-rate payment equal to all the money in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.