Mega Millions $790 million jackpot is nation’s 4th largest prize

The jackpot is about to break the billion dollar mark at $790 million. It is now the fourth largest jackpot in the nation.

WASHINGTON – After 28 consecutive draws without a winner, the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to a whopping $790 million with a $464.4 million cash option.

The jackpot up for grabs during Tuesday night’s drawing is nearing the billion dollar mark. It is the third largest jackpot prize in the game’s history. Only two billion dollar jackpots have ever been higher for Mega Millions.

Nobody won last Friday’s $660 million Mega Millions prize, but four tickets won big by matching five of the six balls. Three of the tickets are worth $3 million due to the Megaplier, an optional add-on that multiplies lower prices.

The winning numbers for Friday’s drawing were 14-40-60-64-66 and Gold Mega Ball 16.

The prize money has grown rapidly in recent weeks, but the odds of winning remain the same – a staggering 302.5 million. There hasn’t been a jackpot winner since April 15th.

If no one wins the life-changing award, chances are they’ll eventually set a new record. In the game’s 20-year history, there have only been two billion dollar jackpots.

The $790 million jackpot quickly jumped the charts for the nation’s biggest lottery win since the last draw. It is now the fourth largest award in the nation. The world record for a jackpot remains at $1.586 billion, which was a Powerball prize awarded in 2016.

In the event that someone got all six numbers right, the lucky winner would have the option of an annuity option paid out in 30 annual payments. However, most players opt for the cash option.

Last year, a Mega Millions jackpot broke the $1 billion mark for the second time. A four member lottery club from suburban Detroit won this $1.05 billion jackpot and opted for the lump sum and received $557 million after taxes.

The Mega Millions drawing will take place on Tuesday, July 26th at 11:00pm ET.

What are the top 10 biggest Mega Millions jackpots?

  1. $1.537 billion – 10/23/2018
  2. $1.050 billion – 01/22/2021
  3. $790 million (estimated) – 07/26/2022
  4. $656 million – 03/30/2012
  5. $648 million – 12/17/2013
  6. $543 million – 07/24/2018
  7. $536 million – 7/8/2016
  8. $533 million – 03/30/2018
  9. $522 million – 6/7/2019
  10. $516 million – 05/21/2021

Mega Millions is played Tuesday and Friday nights in 45 states plus Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands. Mega Millions $790 million jackpot is nation’s 4th largest prize

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