Mega Millions Jackpot Approaches Billion-Dollar Milestone, Reaching $977 Million

The anticipation mounts as the Mega Millions jackpot skyrockets to a staggering estimated sum of $977 million, following the absence of any winning tickets in Tuesday night’s draw, where the grand prize hovered around $893 million. With each passing moment, the jackpot inches closer to the billion-dollar threshold, fueled by the surge in ticket purchases ahead of Friday night’s eagerly awaited draw.

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The winning combination for Tuesday’s jackpot comprised the numbers 24, 46, 49, 62, and 66, with the Mega Ball number being 7.

Since the last jackpot winner on December 8th, there have been 29 consecutive draws, each contributing to the exponential growth of the jackpot prize.

For the fortunate holder of a single-winning ticket in Friday’s draw, a crucial decision awaits: opting for a lump-sum payment of approximately $461 million in cash (pre-tax), or selecting the annuity option, which entails receiving the full jackpot amount through annual payments spread over 30 years.

This remarkable surge marks only the sixth instance in the Mega Millions’ nearly 22-year history that the jackpot has ascended to such heights, with the five preceding jackpots all surpassing the $1 billion mark.

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The record for the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever stands at a colossal $1.6 billion, clinched by a single ticket sold in Neptune, Florida, in August of the previous year.

Reflecting on U.S. lottery history, the pinnacle was reached with a monumental $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot awarded to a lone ticket holder in close proximity to Los Angeles in February 2023.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot has been on a steady upward trajectory, poised at an estimated $687 million ahead of Wednesday night’s draw, as it eludes a winner since the commencement of the New Year.

Mega Millions draws occur on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time, presenting an opportunity for participants across 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands to vie for the coveted jackpot with tickets priced at $2 each. However, the odds of clinching a Mega Millions jackpot stand at a daunting one-in-302,575,350, underscoring the rarity and allure of this monumental prize.


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