Lottery lovers will kick off their weekend by trying to land a Mega Millions jackpot that has been rolling over since Friday 28th April, when David Trapp of Laguna Hills, California, correctly matched all five numbers and the Mega Ball to land $61 million. This current total is also the largest Mega Millions jackpot to be offered since a family from Hamilton County in Indiana walked away with a prize worth $536 million on 8th July 2016. However, following a run of 29 rollovers, could Friday night’s draw finally see this mammoth sum captured?
This latest draw could also provide players with one final chance to win a massive Mega Millions reward before a number of rule changes take effect ahead of the draw on Tuesday 31st October. These alterations, which include decreasing the number of balls in the main draw from 75 to 70 and an increase in the number of Mega Balls from 15 to 25, will see the odds of winning the jackpot lengthen from 1 in 258.9 million, which is currently better than Powerball, to 1 in 302.6 million. This is one of many reasons why players will be snapping up tickets ahead of the upcoming draw.
The potential for jackpot joy will continue rolling on into Saturday, as Powerball offers another huge top prize. At $356 million, the Powerball jackpot may have only been rolling for 17 draws, but it has quickly caught up to the total on offer in the upcoming Mega Millions draw and, if both sums go unclaimed for too much longer, could well overtake its multi-state lottery counterpart in the next draw or two.
This current prize has been growing in size ever since California resident Jeff Lindsay laid claim to a $447.8 million sum on Saturday 10th June. However, this total is still some way off rivalling the $1.58 billion shared by John and Lisa Robinson of Munford in Tennessee, David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith from Melbourne Beach in Florida and Marvin and Mae Acosta of Chino Hills, California. Nevertheless, such a prize would certainly look resplendent in the bank account of any lucky winner this weekend.
Of course, you don’t have to live in the U.S. to benefit from a Mega Millions or Powerball prize. Simply pick your numbers online for your chance to win big this weekend. Good luck!