No winning ticket was sold Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot hit $1.1 billionso there will be a pot of gold for Friday night’s game draw at least $1.35 billionsays Mega Millions.
The $1.35 billion would be the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot in history and could grow as more and more people gobble up tickets for Friday’s drawing.
Friday night’s cash option will be at least $707.9 million.
Players will be hoping that a day not usually associated with luck will be turned upside down: Mega Millions representatives note that Friday will be – Friday the 13th!
The winning numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing were 7, 13, 14, 15 and 18 from the Mega Ball 9.
The only Mega Millions jackpot to exceed Friday’s estimated prize was $1.537 billion won in South Carolina on October 23, 2018.
One winning Powerball ticket was sold in the Los Angeles metro area in November won the $2.04 billion jackpot, the largest lottery in history. This winner has not yet been determined.
Since the last jackpot draw on October 14, there have been 25 draws. That jackpot totaled $502 million and was split between the winning ticket holders in California and Florida.
$1.35 billion is what the winner who takes the annuity option will receive. This is paid in 29 annual installments. But winners almost always choose the cash option.
Federal taxes are deducted and, depending on where the winner lives, state taxes as well.
And jackpots are split if more than one winning ticket is sold.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are a whopping 1 in 302.6 million.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.
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