Become Mega Millions’ Sixth-Biggest Jackpot Winner Tonight

Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot, worth an estimated $422 million, is the sixth-largest in the lottery’s history. It is only the seventh time in 16 years that the jackpot has surpassed $400 million and, if a winning ticket matches all five numbers and the Mega Ball, it will become the 19th-biggest jackpot ever won in the United States.

Three Tickets Came Close On Tuesday

No one was able to win the $375 million Mega Millions jackpot on offer on Tuesday 17th July, although three ticket holders in Florida, New Jersey, and Oklahoma matched all five numbers to take home $1 million each. The trio came agonisingly close to landing the jackpot but narrowly missed out after failing to land the Mega Ball.

There were over 1.2 million winners in Tuesday’s draw across 17 prize tiers, including those who opted into the Megaplier, and ticket sales are expected to increase rapidly ahead of tonight’s draw for the huge nine-figure windfall.

The jackpot hasn’t been won since 4th May when a player in Ohio won $143 million and, were there to be yet another rollover tonight, the top prize amount will continue to grow in value. This is because Mega Millions doesn’t have a jackpot cap, so the top prize can rollover an unlimited amount of times until it has been won.

However, if a run of 21 consecutive rollovers finally comes to an end this evening, it would be the 23rd time the top prize has been won in July since Mega Millions began in 2002. The biggest jackpot ever won by a single ticket also came in July, when an Indiana family scooped $536 million in 2016.

Six Previous Jackpot Winners Over $400 Million

The Mega Millions jackpot has surpassed $400 million on six previous occasions, most recently on 30th March 2018 when $533 million was claimed by Richard Wahl in New Jersey. A $451 million jackpot was also won on 5th January by 20-year-old Floridian Shane Missler, and tonight’s draw is an opportunity to crown the third jackpot winner of over $400 million in the space of seven months.

Pick Your Numbers Now

The cash payout option available this evening is $254 million, and all Mega Millions players will be desperate to see which numbers are drawn come 11pm EST in Atlanta, Georgia. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 24, so make sure you don’t miss out.

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Article Last Modified: Tuesday, 2 June 2020 15:19:03+01:00
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