The Mega Millions drawing for Friday night’s $1.28 billion jackpot was not obvious if anyone had a winning ticket. In the event that no one had, Tuesday’s may be the lottery’s largest-ever drawing.
For the third time in the game’s 20-year existence, the grand prize exceeded $1 billion this week, igniting widespread excitement across the country. According to Mega Millions, Friday’s jackpot was valued at $747.2 million.
There was a “large volume of visitation” on the Mega Millions website shortly after the 11 p.m. drawing, and the winning numbers were 13, 36, 45, 57, 67, and the Mega Ball of 14.
There is a chance that if no one hits all six numbers, the $1.28 billion jackpot may roll into a record-breaking $1.7 billion payout, according to Mega Millions announcer John Crow. On Tuesday night, the winner will be drawn.
Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald, who heads the Mega Millions consortium, stated in a press release before Friday’s drawing that he was “thrilled” with the potential the lottery presents for shops, players, and charitable organizations. Many people across the country, including members of the Mega Millions community, are eagerly awaiting tonight’s drawing.
You need to know the following information about the drawing:
Mega Millions drawings can be viewed online.
The drawing can be broadcast live on national television networks. Lottery Universe has a list of a few channels where the drawing can be viewed live, depending on the television provider. After the drawing is finished, Mega Millions will post a video to its YouTube channel showing the results.
What do you think of the $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot?
Due to the lack of a winner who matched all six numbers in the previous 29 drawings, the total amount raised to near-record status late in the week. The final winner came from a ticket sold in Tennessee for the $20 million prize in the April 15 drawing.
On Tuesday, a Californian matched five numbers, but the Mega number was not matched. According to the California Lottery, the person missed out on the $830 million jackpot, but he or she still walked away with $2.9 million for matching five numbers.
Which Mega Millions drawing has had the most participants ever?
An unidentified player in South Carolina walked away with a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot payout in October 2018. According to CBS News, that winner received a lump-sum payment of $878 million. That person’s identity has remained a secret.
One ticket held by four members of a suburban Detroit lottery club took home $1.05 billion in last year’s Mega Millions jackpot. The Michigan group, like the South Carolina athlete, has stayed anonymous.
What have previous lottery winners done with their winnings?
Lottery winners have used their winnings to buy homes, pay off debt, and give back to their communities in the past. For others, the good fortune that came their way has turned out to be terrible luck.
Winning the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot does not guarantee a happy ending.
I want to buy a Mega Millions ticket, but where can I do that?
This lottery is available in forty-five U.S. states, as well as Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands Prior to the 11 p.m. drawing, the tickets are $2 each and can be purchased for that amount. On the Mega Millions website, players may find out where to buy tickets for their state’s lotteries.
Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah are the only states where Mega Millions cannot be played.
What to do with a windfall, whether it comes from Mega Millions or your mother’s estate:
Mega Millions has a low chance of awarding a jackpot.
The likelihood of winning the Mega Millions lottery is one in every 303 million people who enter the drawing.
According to a recent analysis in The Washington Post, a person is 70 times more likely to die at the hands of a shark than it is to win big this week. The odds of being struck by lightning this year outnumber those of winning the Mega Millions jackpot by at least 216 to one.
What are your chances of winning the Mega Millions jackpot?
Mark Glickman, a Harvard University senior lecturer in statistics, told The Washington Post that the more individuals who play Mega Millions, the greater the likelihood that someone will win.
There will be enough players playing when the pot reaches this level, according to Glickman, that there are good odds that someone will pick the correct number.
“Someone is going to win,” said Mega Millions chief executive officer Pat McDonald.
This report was written by Bonnie Berkowitz and Shelly Tan, who also contributed.