Mega Millions: Jackpot grows to $555M, what time is the drawing?

The fifth biggest prize in Mega Millions history could be won by someone Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON — More than half a billion dollars will be up for grabs in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot.

Just hours before Tuesday’s drawing, the lottery announced that the top prize had grown to an estimated $555 million due to strong ticket sales. If won at that level, it would be the fifth biggest prize in the game’s 20-year history. The flat cash option is $316.9 million.

No one won last Friday’s jackpot, which was estimated at $480 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing steadily since someone last won in mid-April.

While the prize money is certainly life-changing, it’s far from breaking lottery records. 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 19th 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. $656 million – 03/30/2012
4. $648 million – 12/17/2013
5. $555 million – – (estimated) 07/19/2022
6. $543 million – 7/24/2018
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 Tuesdays and Fridays in 45 states plus Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.

Earlier this month, someone in Vermont won a $366 million Powerball jackpot after buying a ticket at a Jolley Short Stop supermarket, according to the Vermont Lottery. It was the first time in Powerball history that a jackpot winner ticket was sold in the state. The Vermont winner, who has not yet come forward to claim their prize, can either take the full amount in increments or opt for the lump sum of $208.4 million.

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