The grand prize for the next draw on Friday is worth an estimated $1.025 billion, which is a huge jump from the $830 million that was offered on Tuesday night.
There were more than 6.7 million prizes paid out across all the non-jackpot categories on Tuesday, and ticket sales are set to increase sharply again over the next couple of days.
The jackpot has been climbing since it was last won by a player from Tennessee on 15th April. It’s possible that the final value for Friday will be considerably higher than the advertised amount.
Biggest Mega Millions Jackpots
As it stands, the $1.025 billion jackpot (cash value of $602.5 million) ranks as the third-biggest in Mega Millions history. It is just short of the $1.05 billion that was won by Michigan’s Wolverine FFL Club in January 2021.
The record for the highest win of all time is $1.537 billion. This dates back to October 2018 and was claimed by an anonymous player from South Carolina. It is the world’s largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket.
The current jackpot may still be $500 million off breaking the record, but it could overtake it quickly if there is another draw without a winner on Friday.
There is no limit to how high the jackpot could go, so it will keep rising until at least one ticket matches all five main numbers and the Mega Ball.
“We look with anticipation on the growing jackpot,” said Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald, current Lead Director of the Mega Millions Consortium.
“Seeing the jackpot build over a period of months and reaching the billion-dollar mark is truly breathtaking. We encourage customers to keep play in balance and enjoy the ride. Someone is going to win.”
You can view the latest Mega Millions results as soon as they are available after every draw, so you will instantly be able to find out whether you have won the historic jackpot.