UPDATE: As predicted, the Mega Millions jackpot once again jumped before the draw took place increasing the jackpot further - to a massive $522 million! Make sure you buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket NOW!
Temperatures are soaring and so is the Mega Millions jackpot! The Mega Millions lotto game is well on its way to rocking with the world with yet another massive jackpot this Tuesday at a near-record breaking $512 million!
It’s definitely time for online lottery players, who love big jackpots, to get excited, as one of the largest Mega Millions jackpots ever just got a little bit bigger increasing from $493 to $512 million with a cash option of $303 million.
The current Mega Millions jackpot is the fifth largest in the history of the game and the 11th largest lottery jackpot ever in America.
Due to an increase in ticket sales, the Mega Millions jackpot has already jumped, causing the top jackpot prize to be higher than expected.
Even though the jackpot ballooned over the weekend with no one managing to match all the correct Mega Millions winning numbers, two ticket holders did end up becoming overnight millionaires in the second tier, scooping the guaranteed $1 million prize.
The winning Mega Millions lottery numbers for Friday, July 20, 2018, were white balls 1, 14, 30, 44 and 62, plus the gold Mega Ball 1. As a result, this Tuesday’s jackpot is estimated at a whopping $512 million. If won at that level, it would be the fifth largest Mega Millions prize ever!
You can take home over half a billion Dollars this week!
Mega Millions is giving you the chance to become $512 million richer. All you have to do is buy your tickets online and then say 'HELLO' to an extraordinarily wealthy future.
For seasoned Mega Millions lottery players, this is an exciting time as the jackpot is now at a level it rarely reaches and players are thinking "Someone has to win, so why not me?"
But not everyone knows the ins and outs of the game and how they can get in on the action. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here is our guide on what you need to know prior to Tuesday night's drawing.
How to play Mega Millions
In order to enjoy the thrill of playing the Mega Millions and walking away with the $512 million, you must first know how to play Mega Millions.
Once you have successfully registered and clicked on the Mega Millions play block, you will need to choose five white numbers that range between 1-70 and a single gold number between 1and 25.
To win the jackpot, you must match all five white numbers and the gold Mega ball.
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The largest Mega Millions jackpot in history was $656 million. This incredible jackpot was won by three winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, who shared that record prize in March 2012. Illinois winners Merle and Patricia Butler claimed $218.6 million of the winnings.
In Maryland, a state that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, three school employees claimed their share under the name "The Three Amigos."
The third winner in Kansas remains anonymous.
There were plenty of big Mega Millions winners on Tuesday night with two lucky Mega Millions ticket holders matching the five white balls to win $1 million each.
Forty-seven tickets matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball for the game’s $10,000 third prize.
The last time the jackpot was won on the Mega Millions was on May 4, when the ABC XYZ Trust collected $142 million. However, since then there have been more than 12.4 million winning tickets at all prize levels, including 24 worth $1 million or more. Which just goes to show you how lucrative this life-changing USA lotto game really is.
Since the game began in 2002, there have been twenty-two jackpots won in the month of July - including the largest prize ever won on a single Mega Millions ticket! The lucky winners were an Indiana family who scooped the $536 million jackpot on July 8, 2016.
This remains the third largest jackpot ever awarded in the Mega Millions lottery game.
2018 has seen some extraordinarily large Mega Millions jackpot being won, such as the $451 million on January 5 and the $533 million on March 30 which was the fourth largest in the history of Mega Millions.
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Where to watch the live Mega Millions drawing
For Mega Millions lottery players who would love to watch the live draw, there are two basic ways to watch the drawing Tuesday night. Although the TV drawing takes place live at 10:59 p.m.
For those of you who want to watch the drawing as it happens, the following TV stations in Michigan broadcast the drawing live:
WBKB-TV 11 (CBS),
WDIV-TV 4 (NBC),
WNEM-TV 5 (CBS),
WXSP-TV (MyNetwork TV),
WLAJ-TV 53 (ABC),
WMKG-TV 38 (IND),
WLUC-TV 6 (NBC/FOX) and
WGTU-TV 29/WGTQ-TV 8 (ABC).
For those unable to see the live draws, we have you covered, as PlayUSALotteries.com will reflect the winning Mega Millions numbers as soon as they have been verified and announced.
For online lottery players who purchased Mega Millions tickets on PlayUSALotteries and its associated brands, you will receive your results mailer shortly after the draw takes place with reflecting the winning numbers and any matches you may have.
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