UPDATE: The Mega Millions jackpot has jumped to $667 million ahead of Tuesday night’s drawing. The jackpot jumped more than $10 million from the last report because of strong sales. The jackpot has a cash option of $380 million.
Mega Millions lottery is poised to give away a near record-breaking $654 million this Tuesday! With no winner on Friday night, the prize increased once again, giving players a chance to become even richer!
Mega Millions officials said no one matched all six numbers Friday to win the $548 million prize. The numbers were: 70-24-46-4-61 Mega ball: 7.
The next draw will be held on Tuesday, October, 15.
Biggest Mega Millions jackpot
The current biggest Mega Millions record jackpot is $656 million won on March 30, 2012.
Below is a list of the ten largest Mega Millions jackpots:
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The current Mega Millions jackpot could very easily smash through the record. As seen in previous big American lotto games, based on ticket sales, the jackpot could jump prior to the actual draw on Tuesday, thereby breaking the record as the biggest Mega Millions jackpot in the history of the game.
With this in mind, now is a good time to take a look back at other players who won a Mega Millions jackpot that was over $500m.
$656m Mega Millions jackpot - March 30, 2012
The highest Mega Millions jackpot to date laid claim to the World Record title for four years, before the US Powerball left lottery players speechless when it soared to a jaw-dropping $1.6 billion.
On the 30th of March, 2012, lottery enthusiasts played for the largest Mega Millions jackpot the world had ever seen. The draw produced three jackpot winners with tickets, each receiving $218.6m.
The Mega Millions winners from Maryland came forward to claim their share of the win. They called themselves ‘The Three Amigos.’
The second ticket was held by Patricia and Merle Butler were the Illinois winners.
The third and final winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Kansas decided to remain anonymous.
$648m Mega Millions jackpot – 17 December 2013
Two lucky Mega Millions lottery winners shared the $648m Mega Millions jackpot just eight days before Christmas.
The world didn’t have to wait long at all to know who had won, as Ira Curry from Georgia claimed her win the day after the draw. The second lucky winner, Californian Steve Tran, however, forgot that he had bought a ticket. He came forward two weeks later to claim the win, kick-starting 2014 with a huge bang.
He quickly phoned his boss and said: “I hit the jackpot. I don’t think I’m going to come in today, tomorrow or ever.”
$543m Mega Millions jackpot – July 24, 2018
In the July 24 drawing held earlier this year, a syndicate of bank workers won the $543m Mega Millions jackpot. Unlike the $648m Mega Millions winner, the syndicate members told reporters that they would carry on working.
$536m Mega Millions jackpot – July, 8, 2016
A family from Indiana who regularly always bought Powerball lottery tickets decided to a buy Mega Millions lottery ticket instead as the jackpot had soared to an incredible $536m. It’s a good thing they did, as they won the jackpot on their very first Mega Millions lottery ticket.
$533m Mega Millions jackpot – March, 30, 2018
Another 2018 Mega Millions big jackpot win happened on March, 30th. The New Jersey resident was playing for just the second time and initially thought he’d won just $1m before spotting he’d also matched the Mega Ball winning the jackpot.
Will you be the third big Mega Millions jackpot winner for 2018? If so, you could see yourself holding the title of the biggest Mega Millions lottery winner if the jackpot jumps before the draw takes place.
Mega Millions lottery changes
Big Mega Millions jackpots like this weeks $654m are thanks to last year’s changes that were made to the game, promising larger jackpots. There’s no denying that it’s worked.
Will someone be celebrating a massive Mega Millions win this Tuesday or will the top prize climb and break records?
Debbie Alford, Mega Millions president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp., said the shift is in response to customers who want bigger prizes.
“We have a demand for innovation to keep fresh, entertaining lottery games and to deliver the attention-grabbing jackpots,”
“We’re excited to deliver the opportunity to create more millionaires and also provide more opportunities to raise additional revenues for the respected causes lotteries benefit.”
Interesting Mega Millions fact
Did you know that the Mega Millions lottery became the first jackpot game to offer second-tier prizes of up to $5 million when it relaunched with a new matrix on October 19, 2013?
In just over four years with a 5-of-75 plus 1-of-15 matrix, there were 571 Match 5 winners, including 65 that were worth more than the $1 million.
To accommodate public demand for more frequent large jackpots and bigger lower-tier prizes, Mega Millions introduced a new matrix on October 28, 2017, with a $40 million starting jackpot.
This caused jackpots to roll faster and higher, but the change in the prize structure also means that players now have a much better chance than ever before of winning the second-tier prize of $1 million (or up to $5 million with the optional Megaplier).
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