Friday’s Mega Millions Jackpot Estimated at Staggering $868m
Lottery fever continues to sweep America after Tuesday’s record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot once again rolled over as figures reach unprecedented territory.
As reported by Gambling.com on Monday, Mega Millions was due to eclipse its biggest ever jackpot, and it duly delivered as Tuesday’s draw offered up a $667million prize.
The previous record was $656m, which was set in 2012, but once again no ticket matched all six numbers in the draw, prompting the figure to rise to an estimated $868m for Friday’s draw.
That will be a new record for Mega Millions – which has soared so high as there has been no winner since July 24 – and is the second largest in US lottery jackpot history.
Top 10 Mega Millions Jackpots To Date
$667m - 16/10/2018
$656m - 30/3/2012
$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
Did anyone come close?
Tuesday night’s winning numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61 and 69, plus the gold Mega Ball which was 9.
Although no one scooped the jackpot, there was a precise total of 4,527,495 winning tickets on Mega Millions’ lesser prizes as the US bought into the increasing hype.
Nine tickets claimed the game’s secondary prize – $1m for five white balls matched. One of those nine scooped an extra $4m for including the optional Megaplier, which is available to customers at an extra cost of $1 per ticket, which was sold in Texas.
Of the other eight, two were sold in Pennsylvania and one each in California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey and New York.
In addition to that, approximately 100 tickets matched four white balls to earn a return of $10,000.
Of those 100 tickets, 12 had taken up the Megaplier option for the extra dollar, meaning their prize has actually been boosted to $50,000.
How Much Do Jackpot Winners Actually Receive?
In Mega Millions, which costs $2 for a standard ticket, jackpot winners have a choice of either receiving their winnings by either annuity or cash.
The annuity option sees the winner receive an initial payment followed by 29 subsequent payments (each payment growing by 5%) on an annual basis, essentially spreading the winnings over a 30-year period.
The cash option allows the winner to receive the winnings in one lump sum immediately – but the catch is that the actual figure will be significantly less than the reported jackpot due to tax deductions.
In the case of Friday’s estimated $868m jackpot, any outright winner would have a cash option which would be worth more like $494.5m.
Lottery enthusiasts outside of the US can get involved in Mega Millions by using lottery betting bookmakers such as Ladbrokes, William Hill or Coral, although rather than buying an official Mega Millions ticket, punters simply bet on the outcome of the numbers at similar odds.
Alternative options include Lottery-specific websites such as Jackpot.com or MultiLotto.
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