No Winner Again! Friday’s Mega Millions Jackpot is Massive
Big jackpot fever is growing after there was no winner again of the Mega Million Lottery jackpot on Tuesday night.
That means the drawing on Friday, April 23 will be worth $277 million with a cash option of $189.2 million.
Although there was no grand prize winner, two players matched all five white numbers drawn to win $1 million. Those tickets were sold in California and Kentucky. However, neither player also played the Megaplier option which would have increased their winnings to $3 million.
The last grand prize jackpot winner was over two months ago, from a ticket for $96 million sold in New York on Feb.16. It was only the second grand-prize ticket sold in 2021 after a ticket sold in Michigan on Jan 22 for $1.05 billion, which was the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.
The previous winning ticket before that was sold in Wisconsin on Sept.15 for a jackpot worth $119 million. That was only the fifth, and final, Mega Millions jackpot won in the 2020 calendar year.
The biggest ever Mega Millions jackpot was a whopping $1.537 billion. The single winning ticket was sold in South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2018, but the winner’s identity remains a mystery. That’s because South Carolina is one of a handful of states where winners can stay anonymous. And this winner chose to do that.
Lottery officials said the winner chose the cash option, which turned out to be a massive check for almost $878 million.
Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. Five balls are drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 70; the Mega ball is drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 25. The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 302 million.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each. Good luck!