RELEASE DATE: 12/13/2017
As the holidays approach, the Mega Millions jackpot continues to grow! For just the second time this year, and only the third time in the past two years, a jackpot roll has climbed past the $200 million mark. After no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night – the white balls 8, 23, 24, 25 and 27, plus the gold Mega Ball 9 – the jackpot rolls to an estimated $208 million ($130 million cash) for the next drawing on Friday, December 15.
One ticket, sold in Florida, matched the five white balls to win $1 million in the December 12 drawing.
Mega Millions continues to benefit from a game change that took effect after the October 27 drawing, a change designed to allow jackpots to grow faster and higher. The new matrix also improves the odds of matching the five white balls for the $1 million second prize, and there have been 13 Match 5 winners since the end of October. Four of those big winning tickets included the optional Megaplier (a $1 additional purchase available in most states), with two worth $4 million each and two worth $2 million each.
The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won at $42 million on October 13; that prize was shared by winners in Michigan and Rhode Island. Earlier 2017 jackpots were won in New York ($105 million on September 22), Illinois ($393 million on August 11), Arkansas ($177 million on March 31) and California ($191 million on January 27 and $61 million on April 28).
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