$1.25 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot Looms After No Win


Shortly after no securing ticket claimed the jackpot at Tuesday night’s drawing, the Mega Millions top prize increased to more than $1 billion. The lucky numbers that emerged in the drawing on Tuesday night were Mega Ball 12, 8, 24, 30, 45, and 61.

According to a lottery press release issued early Wednesday, the estimated $1.25 billion prize for the forthcoming drawing on Friday night would be the fourth-largest payment in Mega Millions history. According to Mega Millions, Friday’s scheduled drawing will be the 31st since the jackpot was last won in New York on April 18.

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Fortunes Made in Texas Lottery, Despite No Jackpot Winner

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Although no one won the jackpot, several people found fortune in the drawing. One Texas lottery ticket that had the first five numbers correct and the Megaplier activated earned $4 million. Without the Megaplier, six additional tickets that matched the first five numbers each won $1 million. 

Two of the remaining four tickets were purchased in California, while the others were purchased in Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. According to a news release from Mega Millions, the overall amount of winning tickets at all prize levels continues to rise along with the jackpot, and the August 1 drawing produced a total of 4,904,910 winning tickets throughout all prize tiers.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot to date was won in South Carolina in 2018, totaling $1.537 billion. Following it are a $1.337 billion prize from last July and a $1.348 billion ticket that was sold in Maine in January.

The fourth-largest Mega Millions payment to history, worth $1.05 billion, was won by a ticket bought in Michigan in 2021. The third-largest Powerball jackpot was won last month after a ticket purchased at a Los Angeles convenience store had all the winning numbers.

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Source: CNN, NPR

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