The jackpot is estimated to be worth $388.0 million in cash.
The name of Austin is here. Texas Lottery® players now have the opportunity to compete for the game’s highest prize in 18 months after there were no winners in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot drawing. With an estimated $660 million in annuitized payout, the Mega Millions jackpot for this Friday’s drawing ranks third-largest of all time for a lottery jackpot. This Friday’s drawing has an estimated cash value of $388.0 million. If tonight’s Mega Millions drawing does not yield a jackpot winner, the reward will roll over to an estimated annuitized $790 million on Tuesday, July 26.
Gary Grief, the executive director of the Texas Lottery, said that the recent increase in sales of the Mega Millions game is helping the Lottery meet its aim of raising money for public education in Texas. It’s providing lottery participants the chance to imagine what they’d do if they won the Mega Millions jackpot. Lottery players are having a great time, but we want to urge them to play responsibly. One ticket is all it takes to win.”
The next Mega Millions drawing will be on Friday, which will mark the 28th since the jackpot started at an estimated annuitized $20 million on April 19th. It’s the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, after the $1.05 billion reward won by an out-of-state winner on Jan. 22, 2021.
Since its inception in 2003, Texas has produced 13 Mega Millions jackpot winners. An annuitized $227 million jackpot was won in September 2019 by a Leander resident, making it the highest reward ever paid out to a single Texas Lottery player in the state’s history.
It is the third-largest Mega Millions jackpot payout in history, and the ninth-largest lottery jackpot in the United States’ history.
During the current Mega Millions jackpot run, two Texas Lottery players have won second-tier Mega Millions rewards of $1 million or more. For the drawing on May 13, a Houston resident claimed a second-tier prize of $1,000,510, while an Ingram resident claimed a second-tier prize of $2 million for the drawing on June 17.
Picking five numbers from a pool of 70 and one Mega Ball number from a second pool of 25 numbers is how you play Mega Millions. In order to win the Mega Millions jackpot, players must correctly match all six numbers selected, as well as the Mega Ball number. Even if they don’t match all the numbers, those who match a smaller subset of them still have a chance of winning. The beginning jackpot for Mega Millions is $20 million, while the second-tier prize (Match 5+0) is $1 million. To win up to $5 million in prizes, players can choose to play with the Megaplier® feature and pay an additional $1 per Play to increase their non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4, or 5.
Every Tuesday and Friday at 10:12 p.m. CT, a new drawing is revealed. More than 20,000 Texas Lottery merchants sell Mega Millions tickets to Texas Lottery players around the state. On Friday, July 22, at 9:45 p.m. CT, Mega Millions ticket sales will be closed for the next drawing. An up to $1 million incentive is available to retailers who sell jackpot-winning Mega Millions tickets.