The lottery said that there was no ticket sold that matched all six winning numbers in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing, which caused the jackpot to balloon to a whopping $1.02 billion.
“All jurisdictions have reported in, and no one has hit the Mega Millions jackpot. So, the jackpot will roll to $1,025,000,000 for Friday ($602.5 million cash),” Marie Kilbane, lottery spokesperson, told CNN in an email.
The winning numbers from Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing were 7, 29, 60, 63, 66, and the Mega Ball was 15. The next drawing will take place this coming Friday at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.
Even though no one won the jackpot on Tuesday, some people did walk away with significant rewards. After matching the first five numbers, there were a total of eight winning tickets, and each one was for one million dollars.
In addition, the reward for another winning ticket that was sold in Ohio and matched the first five numbers was increased to $3 million due to the inclusion of an optional Megaplier that was bought for an additional dollar.
According to the website for the Mega Millions lottery, if there is a winning ticket drawn on Friday, the jackpot of $1.02 billion would be the third highest in the game’s entire 20-year history. This would make it the third greatest jackpot award in Mega Millions history.
The greatest Mega Millions jackpot ever won was $1.537 billion on October 23, 2018, and the winning ticket was purchased in South Carolina. On January 22, 2021, a group of four gamers in Michigan won a jackpot of $1.05 billion, taking home the prize between them.
According to Kilbane, the number of queries made to the Mega Millions website hit 62 million in the span of twenty-four hours. Due to the very high volume of users using the Mega Millions website on Tuesday evening, the site was temporarily inaccessible shortly after the drawing at 11 p.m.; however, it seemed to function more normally as the volume of users decreased.
This year, players in Tennessee, California, New York, and Minnesota have each taken home one of the four Mega Millions prizes.
When is the Drawing and What are the Chances Of Winning?
Winners who choose the annuity payout option over the course of 30 years will receive their reward of $1.02 billion. The majority of winners choose the cash option, which for the drawing that will take place on Friday night is anticipated to be worth $602.5 million. It is estimated that the likelihood of matching all six numbers is around one in 303 million. Tickets for the Mega Millions lottery, which cost $2 each, are available for purchase in 45 states, in addition to the District of Columbia and the United States Virgin Islands.