History has already been made once this week as Tuesday’s Mega Millions draw had a jackpot of $667m. That was the highest ever jackpot in the history of the Mega Millions lottery, however, the jackpot was not won. The next draw takes place on Friday October 19 and the jackpot will be at least $900m.
Tuesday’s jackpot beat the previous record of $656m in the March 30, 2012 draw. That was shared by three tickets, including one owned by three teachers who became known as ‘The Three Amigos.’ That record went on Tuesday as ticket sales went through the roof.
Ticket Sales Booming
Ticket sales continue to rise and that means the Mega Millions jackpot has reached $900m for Friday’s draw. It’s likely to get higher so the record could be beaten by a quarter of a billion dollars. Another rollover will mean the first ever billion-dollar Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday October 23.
There has only ever been one billion-dollar jackpot in US lottery history. That was in the Powerball draw, when the January 16, 2016 draw had a $1.586bn jackpot and was won by three tickets, including a Californian couple who took six months to claim their winnings.
If one single ticket wins the Mega Millions jackpot, it will be the largest win in US lottery history. The current record win is the $758.7m Powerball jackpot won by Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts in the August 23, 2017 draw. All her lucky numbers were between 1-31 and like many players she used birthdays in choosing her numbers.
That method was never going to be successful in the latest Mega Millions draw with the numbers drawn being 03-45-49-61-69 and the Mega Ball 09. The last four draws have seen a maximum of two 1-31 main numbers and the September 28 draw saw the lowest main ball being 39.
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