The Gist: The Mega Millions jackpot for the upcoming drawing on Friday, July 28, is poised to reach an astonishing $910 million ($464.2 million cash), making it one of the largest jackpots in the game’s history.
The elusive prize has now crossed the $1 billion threshold four times before, most recently in January.
What Happened?: Tuesday night’s drawing left players empty-handed, as no ticket managed to match all six numbers – 3, 5, 6, 44, and 61 for the white balls, along with the gold Mega Ball 25. This has led to the 29th consecutive roll for the current jackpot, which started after the last jackpot win on April 18 in New York.
By The Numbers:
- Total winning tickets in the July 25 drawing: 2,519,403 across all prize tiers.
- Two tickets matched all five white balls, with one sold in Texas, worth a remarkable $4 million thanks to the 4X Megaplier option, and the other sold in Maryland, claiming the standard $1 million prize.
- 54 tickets won the third-tier prize by matching four white balls and the Mega Ball. Seven of them, including the Megaplier, are worth $40,000 each, while the other 47 receive $10,000 each.
- Since April 18, more than 23.2 million winning tickets have been sold, ranging from $2 to $4 million, including 41 second-tier prizes of $1 million or more.
What’s Next?: As the jackpot continues to climb, lottery enthusiasts and newcomers alike are eager to participate in the next drawing on Friday. The possibility of winning life-changing amounts has created a frenzy of excitement across the country.
Tickets: Tickets for this popular lottery game are sold in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Priced at $2 each, players have the option to add the Megaplier for just an additional $1, increasing non-jackpot prizes.
The Impact: Half of the proceeds from each Mega Millions ticket sale remain in the state where the ticket was purchased, supporting designated charitable causes and retailer commissions.
The Last Word: The Mega Millions drawing takes place at 11 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesdays and Fridays in Atlanta.