Saturday update from WSB-TV: The $1 billion Mega Millions draw Friday night on Channel 2 produced a winner. One person won the jackpot, which will pay out $739.6 million in cash, that person lives in Michigan. The jackpot was the second largest in the games history, trailing only a $1.537 jackpot won by someone in South Carolina in October of 2018. The winning numbers: The white balls were 4, 26, 42, 50 and 60, the gold Mega Ball 24.
The bad news if you win tonight’s $970 million lottery jackpot? The cash option only pays out $716.3 million. And that’s before taxes.
Plus the odds of winning are against you: 1 in 302,575,350.
The good news? The MegaMillions jackpot is a $2 ticket purchase away from someone in Georgia or other participating states with the drawing set for 11 tonight.
As for tonight’s MegaMillions:
Media release: For just the third time in history, one of America’s national jackpot games is nearing the $1 billion mark. Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing again produced millions of winning tickets, but not one that matched all six numbers – the white balls 10, 19, 26, 28 and 50, plus the gold Mega Ball 16. As a result, Friday’s jackpot will be an estimated $970 million ($716.3 million cash), the second-largest prize in the game’s history.
The upcoming January 22 drawing will be the 37th draw in the current jackpot run, which began after a Wisconsin player won a $120 million prize on September 15. It’s the longest the game has gone without a jackpot win. During that time, there have been almost 35.4 million winning tickets sold at all other prize levels, including 60 worth $1 million or more. Those million-dollar prizes were won in 23 different states across America.
There were a total of 5,193,801 winning tickets at all prize levels in Tuesday night’s drawing, including 11 that matched the five white balls to win the game’s second prize of at least $1 million. Two of those, both sold in Florida, included the optional Megaplier (an extra $1 purchase available in most states); they are each worth $2 million after the 2X Megaplier was drawn Tuesday night. A third Florida ticket won the standard $1 million second prize, along with tickets sold in California, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, New Jersey (two), Pennsylvania and Washington. (And one in Jonesboro, Ga., worth $1 million).
If the Mega Millions jackpot is won this Friday, it would be the third largest lotto prize ever, below only two jackpots exceeding $1.5 billion – the world record Powerball jackpot of $1.586 billion (January 13, 2016) and the current Mega Millions record of $1.537 billion (October 23, 2018). The latter prize is the world’s largest won on a single ticket, as the record Powerball jackpot was shared by three winning tickets.