Mega Millions lottery hits fourth biggest jackpot in gaming history

The jackpot for the first Mega Millions draw of the new year is estimated at $785 million, marking the fourth biggest jackpot in gaming history.

Friday’s draw, estimated at $685 million, produced no jackpot winners, although a ticket sold in Ohio won the second-tier prize of $1 million.

According to a press release published Saturday by Mega Millions, the jackpot eventually reached more than $1 billion in each of the three times the grand total exceeded the $700 million mark.

The first Mega Millions billionaire won in October 2018 when a player from South Carolina took home a $1.537 billion prize, the statement said. This jackpot remains the all time record in the history of the game.

According to the List Wire, the highest jackpot in lottery history was a Powerball grand prize won by a player in California in November 2022, worth $2.04 billion.

A Mega Millions lottery ticket is sold at a 7-Eleven store on January 22, 2021 in Chicago. The jackpot ahead of Tuesday night’s draw reached $785 million, the fourth-largest jackpot in gaming history.
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Another Mega Millions player from Des Plaines, Illinois won a $1.337 billion prize in July 2022, and in January 2021 a player from Oakland County, Michigan started their new year with a jackpot of 1 .05 billion.

Other winners from Friday’s draw include 82 tickets sold across the country that matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball, with prizes ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 each. In total, Friday’s draw produced 2,776,599 winning tickets with prizes ranging from $2 million to $1 million.

According to Mega Millions, there have been 22 draws since the last jackpot was won in October. This grand prize was a total of $502 million and was shared by two players, one in San Jose, California, and the other in Fort Myers, Florida.

Here are the six Mega Millions jackpots won in 2022:

  1. 10/14/2022 – $502 million (California and Florida)
  2. 2022-07-29 – $1.337 billion (Illinois)
  3. 2022-04-15 – $20 million (Tennessee)
  4. 2022-04-12 – $106 million (Minnesota)
  5. 08/03/2022 — $126 million (New York)
  6. 01/28/2022 – $421 million (California)

Here are the six Mega Millions jackpots won in 2021:

  1. 10/22/2021 – $108 million (Arizona)
  2. 09/21/2021 – $432 million (New York)
  3. 2021-06-08 – $56 million (Illinois)
  4. 05/21/2021 – $516 million (Pennsylvania)
  5. 2/16/2021 – $96 million (New York)
  6. 01/22/2021 – $1.05 billion (Michigan)

Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery that holds draws every Tuesday and Friday night at 11 p.m. ET. Tickets for Tuesday’s draw are available until 10:45 p.m. ET at participating locations and are sold for $2 per line. The odds of winning the jackpot with a Mega Millions ticket are 1 in 303 million.

For more information on Mega Millions, or to check your past numbers, visit its website.

Here are the top 10 Mega Millions jackpot wins to date:

  1. $1.537 billion – October 2018 (South Carolina)
  2. $1.337 billion – July 2022 (Illinois)
  3. $1.050 billion – January 2021 (Michigan)
  4. $785 million – current jackpot
  5. $656 million – March 2012 (Illinois, Kansas and Maryland)
  6. $648 million – December 2013 (California and Georgia)
  7. $543 million – July 2018 (California)
  8. $536 million – July 2016 (Indiana)
  9. $533 million – March 2018 (New Jersey)
  10. $522 million – June 2019 (California)


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