America Gripped By Lottery Fever Amid $654 million Jackpot
America’s Mega Millions jackpot is within touching distance of the all-time record amount ahead of this Tuesday’s mid-week draw.
The multi-state lottery game has seen its jackpot figure soar to an estimated $654 million – that’s within $2m of the $656m record accumulated in 2012 – after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn on Friday night.
The jackpot has been rolling over since July 24, when a California-based office pool of 11 colleagues split a $543m payout, which was the largest prize ever claimed off a single ticket in Mega Millions history.
“It’s so exciting for our players, and all of us, to see the Mega Millions jackpot getting so close to an all-time record level,” said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Consortium and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming.
“With a little luck, we may still break that record by Tuesday. And there’s even more fun with $862 million in combined jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball. Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country!”
Three Mega Millions jackpots have already been won this year, two of which were big enough to make the top 10 biggest ever jackpots – $451m on January 5 in Florida and $533m on March 30 in New Jersey.
The other was for $142m on May 4, with the winning ticket purchased in Ohio.
The Top 10 Mega Millions Jackpots To Date
$656m - 30/3/2012
$654m (estimated) - 16/10/2018
$648m - 17/12/2013
$543m - 24/7/2018
$536m - 8/7/2016
$533m - 30/3/2018
$451m - 5/1/2018
$414m - 18/3/2014
$393m - 11/8/2017
$390m - 6/3/2007
Can Anyone Play Mega Millions?
Drawn every Friday and Tuesday, Mega Millions – which costs $2.00 per ticket – can officially be played across a total of 46 jurisdictions; in 44 US states, plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.
You do not need to be a resident of the United Sates to take part, but you must at least be in the country to purchase a ticket, or you can buy tickets online by registering with the lotteries of Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina or North Dakota if you reside there.
For those outside of the aforementioned jurisdictions, there is an alternative way to get involved without officially buying a ticket.
Lottoland, for example, offers betting on a wide range of lotteries from around the globe, including Mega Millions, whereby punters place a stake on the numbers they think will come up on the winning ticket, with the odds of success virtually identical.
Customers of Lottoland and other leading lottery betting sites can choose to place individual bets on the Mega Millions, or join a syndicate for an increased chance of gaining a return.
The overall odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302,575,350.
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