Mega Millions winning numbers drawing yields no jackpot winner; lottery prize grows to $1.02 billion

No ticket matched all the numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions draw, and the jackpot will now surpass the $1 billion mark in the next draw.

Friday night’s drawing of the multi-state game is priced at $1.02 billion, making it the second highest prize ever in Mega Millions history. It comes with a cash option of 602.5 million

Tuesday night’s draw was the third-biggest ever with $830 million, or a cash option of $487.9 million.

Tuesday’s winning numbers are: 7 – 29 – 60 – 63 – 66 Mega Ball: 15

Even without a big winner, there were a few ticket buyers who will be a little richer after Tuesday’s drawing. Lottery officials say nine tickets were sold that matched five of the six winning numbers — each worth at least $1 million or more.

One of these tickets sold in Ohio with the Megaplier option is worth $3 million.

The California Lottery says a ticket sold in Baker that matches five numbers will have a $2.9 million payout. California uses a pari-mutuel system with payouts that differ from other states.

The other seven tickets are believed to be worth $1 million each. They were sold in Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.

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The jackpot got so big because there hasn’t been a winner for three months. Those 29 consecutive draws where no one matched all six numbers have allowed the jackpot to grow gradually from its starting point of $20 million in April.

Mega Millions is played every Tuesday and Friday night. In the game’s 20-year history, 221 players have hit the Mega Millions jackpot.

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Top five Mega Millions jackpots won

1. $1.5 billion – South Carolina, October 2018

2. $1 billion – Michigan, January 2021

3. $656 million – Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, March 2012

4. $648 million – California, Georgia, December 2013

5. $543 million – California, July 2018

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SEE ALSO: Why is the Powerball jackpot getting so big?

Mega Millions is played in 45 states plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.6 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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