The Mega Millions jackpot is expected to hit $ 850 million for the draw on Tuesday next week. Eight lucky players each won $ 1 million this week, but no one guessed the five numbers along with the Mega Ball number that made for a large jackpot.
850 million $ Jackpot up for grabs on Tuesday in Mega Millions
Huge jackpot in Mega Millions lasted another week. After the winning numbers 3-11-12-38-43 and Mega Ball 15 have been drawn, The $ 750 million jackpot survived on Friday. The next Mega Millions draw will take place on Tuesday next week - January 19 at 23:00 EST and The jackpot is expected to reach $ 850 million.
Launched in 1996 under the name " Big Game”The first Mega Millions draw was held on September 6, 1996. At that time, only 6 states participated: Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, and Virginia. Nowadays the jackpot game is offered in 45 states , in the US Virgin Islands and in the District of Columbia.
To win the jackpot, players must choose 5 winning numbers from a total of 70, and match the Mega Ball number, which is 1 out of 25. The odds are 1 in 302.6 million, but besides the jackpot for lucky players, there are many more prizes.
In fact, Friday's Mega Millions draw made 8 millionaires who matched the 5 winning numbers and won $ 1 million each. Moreover, another 142 lucky players took down 10,000 $ for guessing the 4 winning numbers. From that total, 22 players chose Option 1 $ Megaplier, which brought them a win of 40,000 $.
Reaching around $ 850 million in Tuesday's draw, that would be it the third largest Mega Millions jackpot. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot was won on October 23, 2018. Then 1 lucky player from South Carolina won a staggering 1.537 billion dollars. Anonymous winner opted for a cash option with a one-time deposit of approximately $ 878,000,000.
If a player wins the in-game jackpot on Tuesday, they can also opt for a one-time cash option instead of the annual installments. However, this would reduce the jackpot from $ 850 million to $ 628.2 million.