RELEASE DATE: 1/2/2018
There's a post-holiday surprise for Mega Millions players, as strong sales have pushed the first Mega Millions jackpot of 2018 to an estimated $361 million ($225.9 million cash). If won, that amount would be the eighth largest jackpot in the history of the game.
In the game's 15 year history, the first days of a new year have been lucky ones. Four jackpots have been won during that time frame, including the seventh largest prize ever, $380 million on January 4, 2011; winners in Idaho and Washington shared that jackpot. January 2, 2009, was lucky for a winner who claimed a $47 million prize in California. On January 1, 2008, $33 million was won in Texas, and $61 million was won in Tennessee on January 3, 2014.
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).
The top Mega Millions jackpots to date are:
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