Mega Millions winning numbers for Tuesday, Dec. 27 jackpot

A jackpot worth over half a billion dollars is up for grabs.

The Mega Millions jackpot hit an estimated $565 million for Tuesday night’s draw. Will someone be half a billion dollars richer in the new year, or will the latest massive lottery prize keep rising?

The winning numbers for the Tuesday, December 27 Mega Millions draw were 9-13-36-59-61 and Mega Ball 11.

The last time the jackpot was won was on October 14, with 20 draws since then without a major winner. A $565 million prize is for the annuity option, which is paid out annually for 29 years. The cash option will pay out $293.6 million.

It’s been a record-setting year for lottery games — even Tuesday’s full prize is nothing compared to the $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot won in November by one in Southern California.

While the current Mega Millions jackpot isn’t near the $2 billion mark, it’s large enough to encourage more people to buy tickets, increasing the chance someone will win.

However, the odds are still small: Each ticket has a 1/302.6 million chance of winning the jackpot. Buying multiple tickets will increase your odds a bit, but it’s not much in the overall plan — even buying 100 tickets will only give you a 100 in 302.6 million chance.

Tuesday is one of the final 2022 draws for Mega Millions, drawn at 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday and Friday nights. Powerball, with a current estimated jackpot of $215 million, will hold its next draw Wednesday night.

What are the 10 biggest US lottery jackpots ever won?

Mega Millions says the current $565 million jackpot is the sixth-largest jackpot in game history. But when other games are counted, the huge prize doesn’t even make the top 10. Here are the 10 biggest US jackpots won and the states that sold the winning tickets, according to the Associated Press :

1.24 billion, Powerball, November 8, 2022 (one ticket, from California)

2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, January 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)

3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, October 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)

4. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)

5. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, January 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)

$6.768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)

$758.7 million, Powerball, August 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)

$8.731.1 million, Powerball, January 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)

9. $699.8 million, Powerball, October 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)

10. $687.8 million, Powerball, October 27, 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Mega Millions winning numbers for Tuesday, Dec. 27 jackpot

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