The Mega Millions jackpot climbed to a stratospheric estimated $1.25 billion after no winning tickets were sold for Tuesday night’s estimated $1.1 billion pot of gold.
The winning numbers for the latest drawing were 8, 24, 30, 45, 61 with a Mega Ball of 12.
The $1.25 billion jackpot would be Mega Millions’ fourth-largest ever. It could climb even higher as more and more tickets are gobbled up leading to Friday night’s drawing.
Tuesday’s grand prize was initially estimated at $1.05 billion after no tickets matched all six numbers in last Friday night’s drawing, but grew in the following days.
Whoever wins a Mega Millions jackpot has the option to collect it as an annuity or a one-time cash payment. The cash option for the new jackpot would be roughly $625.3 million. That option for Tuesday night’s jackpot was estimated at $550.2 million.
The jackpot has been growing since it was last won in April, and 30 drawings have been held since with no tickets matching the five white balls and gold Mega Ball.
Mega Millions winning numbers for August 1
The winning numbers from Tuesday’s drawing were 8, 24, 61, 45 and 30. The Mega Ball was 12 and the Megaplier was 4X.
There were some big winners Friday night, just not a winner of the biggest prize. One winner in Pennsylvania won $5 million, matching all five white balls and the Megaplier. Four others – one in Pennsylvania, Arizona, California and New York – each won $1 million prizes, matching the five white balls.
How do I play Mega Millions?
The cost is $2 per ticket, but you can add the Megaplier for $1, which will increase the amount of your potential prize up to five times the original prize (except for the jackpot).
Each player selects five numbers from 1 to 70 for the white balls and one number from 1 to 25 for the Mega Ball. However, you can also have the lottery machine generate a random Quick Pick for you. You don’t need to be a U.S. citizen or a resident a particular state where you purchase your ticket.
How many balls do I need to match for Mega Millions prize?
You can win $2 for the matching just one – the Mega Ball. Short of the jackpot, you can win up to $1 million for matching all five white balls (except in California). You can check all the prize payouts on the Mega Millions site here.
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Where can I play Mega Millions?
You can play the game in 45 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The states not offering Mega Millions are: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
Many grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores sell lottery tickets. Some states allow Mega Millions tickets to be purchased online, but beware of scam websites. Check with your state lottery for more details.
Another four tickets sold in Arizona, California, New York and Pennsylvania matched the first five numbers to win $1 million.
The top Mega Millions jackpot to date was $1.537 billion won in South Carolina in 2018. It’s followed by a $1.348 billion ticket that was sold in Maine in January and a $1.337 billion prize last July.
In fourth place on Mega Millions’ list before Tuesday night’s drawing is a $1.05 billion prize won by a ticket sold in Michigan in 2021.
Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing for the massive prize comes after a Powerball ticket sold at a convenience store in Los Angeles matched all numbers to win a $1.08 billion prize – the third-largest Powerball jackpot.
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