RELEASE DATE: 7/2/2016
The biggest holiday celebrations will be over by next Tuesday, July 5, but Mega Millions continues to provide some summer fun and excitement as the jackpot keeps growing. No ticket matched all six numbers drawn Friday night – 20, 41, 42, 45 and 49, plus the Mega Ball 14, so a whopping $449 million ($313 million cash) estimated jackpot will be offered on Tuesday.
It's the biggest prize in the game since December 17, 2013, when two tickets (sold in California and Georgia) shared a $648 million jackpot.
There were four Match 5 winning tickets in Friday's drawing. Two are worth the standard $1 million and were sold in Massachusetts and New York. The other two, sold in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, included the optional Megaplier, so those tickets are worth $2 million each after the 2x Megaplier was drawn.
In total for the drawing, there were more than 5.6 million winning tickets sold at all prize levels.
The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won at $157 million by Michael Burkett in Washington on March 8. The only other jackpot awarded this year was a $169 million prize won in New York on January 8. That winner, Nancy Viola, was just announced last week by the New York Lottery.
Since the jackpot was last won, there have been 50 Match 5 winners and 61.9 million winners at all prize levels. Nine of those Match 5 winners included the optional Megaplier, producing four $5 million prizes, three at $2 million and one each at $4 million and $3 million. The rest received the standard $1 million prize.
The record Mega Millions jackpot is $656 million – three tickets shared that jackpot on March 30, 2012. Just behind that is the $648 million jackpot split by two winners on December 17, 2013. Those are the only two Mega Millions jackpots in history higher than Tuesday night's estimated prize. The most won on a single ticket was $326 million on November 4, 2014.
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